First released in 1928, and for decades only available in
fragments, Josephine Baker’s first feature
film, Siren of the Tropics, will be
screened at the Black Cinema House in
Chicago this Saturday.
Made at the time when Baker was a huge sensation at the Folies Bergère in Paris, she plays Papitou, a free-spirited young woman who falls in
love with Andre, a sophisticated young man who has been sent to the Parisian
Antilles as a prospector.
However she is unaware that he is engaged to another
woman, or that his work assignment is actually a perilous ruse concocted by his
Papitou finds herself pursuing Andre back to Paris, where, through a series of circumstances, she becomes a music hall star.
The screening is part of BCH’s Experimental Sound Series,
which presents early silent films with live composed and improvised musical
accompaniment, and the screening will take place at the Black Cinema House located at 6901
S. Dorchester, this Saturday November
2, starting at 6PM.
Tickets are FREE but you must RSVP for seats HERE.
Here’s a clip from the film: