Live set by DJ Mean Mr. Mustard

Seeped in romance, unrequited love, and situational siblinghood, Marc Allégret’s Zouzou is a visual feast, showcasing scene after scene of delights, dance numbers—including a shadow play sequence that will leave you squealing with glee—and a peak behind the curtain of Parisian music halls in the 30s. Josephine Baker (in the first starring role for an African American woman) is irresistible at every turn, oozing charisma as she pines for her orphaned “brother”–played with perfection by Jean Gabin (Touchez pas au Grisbi, The Grand Illusion)—whose love interests lie elsewhere.

Dir. Marc Allégret, 1934, 35mm, 92 min.