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With: Josephine Baker, Helene Hallier, Andre Luguel, Pepa Bonafe, Gretchikine, Madame Komakova, Ludovic, Lila Nikolska, Skibinne, Tiller's Follies Girls, Ruth Zackey and the Hoffmann Girls
Written by: Joe Francys, Clement Vautel
Directed by: Joe Francys
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 105
Date: 11/29/1927

La Revue des Revues (1927)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Baker's Fussin'

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

This silent-era "musical" with tinted color sequences hinges on a silly, skeletal plot about a girl (Helene Hallier) who gets fired from a factory and tries her hand at dancing in a revue; a "small-feet" contest indirectly provides her entry point. From there, it's little more than a bunch of full-costume numbers, shot head-on with only a handful of close-ups or side views. The only reason to see this is the two numbers featuring the kooky, energetic and dazzling Josephine Baker. Kino already released a box set of Baker films, including Siren of the Tropics (1927), Zouzou (1933) and Princess Tam Tam (1935), but did not include this one. Apparently it wasn't ready in time, or it just wasn't exciting enough.

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