February Film: Zouzou (1934)

 

Zouzou

85 minutes | 21 December 1934 | France

‘As children, Zouzou and Jean are paired in a traveling circus as twins: she’s dark, he’s light. After they’ve grown, he treats her as if she were his sister, but she’s in love with him. In Paris, he’s a music hall electrician, she’s a laundress who delivers clean underwear to the hall. She introduces him to Claire, her friend at work, and the couple fall in love. Jean conspires to get the show’s star out of town and for the theater manager to see the high-spirited Zouzou perform. When Jean’s accused of murder and Zouzou needs money to mount his defense, she pleads to go on stage. Her talents may save the show, but can anything save her dream of life with Jean?’

Director: Marc Allégret
Producer: Arys Nissotti
Writers: Carlo Rim (adaptation), Pépito G. Abatino (novel)
Starring: Josephine Baker as Zouzou, Jean Gabin as Jean, Pierre Larquey as Father Mélé, Claire Gérard as Mme Vallée, Yvette Lebon as Claire Vallée
Music: Vincent Scotto, Georges Van Parys, Alain Romans
Cinematography: Michel Kelber
Editor: Denise Batcheff
Production Company: Les Films H. Roussillon, Productions Arys
Distributor: Corona Films

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