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Josephine Baker in THE FRENCH WAY


Sunday, February 25

Starring Josephine Baker

(1945, Jacques de Baroncelli) Micheline Presle and Georges Marchal must play Romeo and Juliet because of an only-in-France feud: did or did not Presle’s great grandmother actually sleep with Napoleon? Upstairs tenant/cabaret star Josephine Baker is enlisted to distract Marchal but plays Cupid — and sings and dances — instead. Shot in 1940 before the German invasion, its original title Fausse alerte (False Alarm) satirized life in the Parisian air raid shelters. Unreleased until after the war, and not released in U.S. until 1952, it has been unseen for decades. DCP. 90 Min.