This French feature film, directed by Mario Nalpas and Henri Étiévant and released as La sirène des tropiques, stars Josephine Baker and Pierre Batcheff, with Régina Dalthy, Joe Alex, and Colette, Janine and Jean Borelli.
Kino International, unknown catalog number, UPC 7-38329-03992-9.
One single-sided, dual-layered, Region 1NTSC DVD disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English? language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles?, chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $29.99.
Release date: 21 June 2005.
Country of origin: USA
This edition has been mastered from 35mm preservation materials licensed by Lobster Films, Paris, and is accompanied by music composed and performed by Donald Sosin.
Supplementary materials include Josephine Baker: The Performer (2005, 18 minutes) with interviews with Lynn Whitfield (actress, The Josephine Baker Story), Margo Jefferson (The New York Times theatre critic), Elizabeth Kendall (dance critic and historian) and Josephine Baker’s adopted son, Jean-Claude Baker; The Fireman of the Folies-Bergère (8 minutes), a rare silent comedy that features Josephine Baker’s first appearance on film; “The Charleston,” song and performance; a Folies Bergère stills gallery; The Memoirs of Josephine Baker; a rare behind-the-scenes video clip; and The Memoir Illustrations: A Stills Gallery.
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