Thursday, June 1, 2023 @ 7:00pm
“Zouzou” is a part of the collaboration with Union College Film Studies titled Breaking the Rules: Great Women of the Pre-Code Era, curated by Professor Jenelle Troxell. Professor Troxell and her colleagues will introduce several Pre-Code Hollywood classics and participate in an informed Q&A about each film immediately afterward.
This film’s Q&A will be led by Union College’s Michelle Chilcoat, Associate Professor of French/Co-Director of Film Studies.
Synopsis: As children, Zouzou (Joséphine Baker) and Jean (Jean Gabin) performed together in a circus. Onstage, they were falsely billed as brother and sister, but in truth Zouzou harbored a secret love for her costar. As an adult, she now works as a laundress, and it seems as if her showbiz days are over. But everything changes when Jean helps land her a spot dancing at a Paris theater. Zouzou rockets to stardom, even as Jean’s romance with her friend Claire (Yvette Lebon) leaves her lovelorn.
1934. Run time: 1 hour 25 mins. Not rated.