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It used to be that I was incapable of appreciating the 1920s. It wasn’t just that the fashion wasn’t my jam, it was that it seemed like such a decadent time for no reason, that people were just intent on getting drunk and having a good time.
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(Waylaid by a few days of feeling under the weather, but on we go:)
Day 15 – ZOU ZOU (Marc Allégret, France, 1934)
The iconic Josephine Baker’s first sound film is a star vehicle that appears to shoehorn every known cliché into an already-ragged “a star is born” storyline, but is saved by a certain weirdness underlying the hackneyed plot points—and Baker herself, of course. 417 more words
The dizzying and exciting Jazz Age – that glittering period between the end of World War I and the onset of the global Great Depression – is captured best by Europe’s most beloved American performer: Josephine Baker, the “Jazz Cleopatra.” Born in the Jim Crow South, Baker became the most famous performer of the age, beloved in Europe but largely rejected in her home country. 189 more words