Call Me Stormy

Finding righteous currents in turbulent times

Go! Girl! Go!–Cincuenta y Dos

Josephine Baker from the 1935 French musical Princess TamTam. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Baker had made her way to Paris by 1927, becoming a star in the all-black revue at the Folies Bergere. Among her legions of fans was Pablo Picasso who described her as “tall, coffee skin, ebony eyes, legs of paradise, a smile to end all smiles.”

Here is rare Pathecolor footage of Baker on stage at the Folies Bergere in 1927, her first year in France. There are a few stills up front, followed by a couple minutes of rolling film.

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