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The Josephine Baker Story [Homo Harlem Film Series]
Maysles Cinema
New York, NY
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The Josephine Baker Story [Homo Harlem Film Series]
The Josephine Baker Story

Dir. Brian Gibson, 1991, 131 min.

"Before Madonna. Before Marilyn. There was Josephine." Brian Gibson's made-for-cable TV Emmy Award winning biography of Josephine Baker (played by Lynn Whitfield) chronicles the different stages of La Baker's life and her rise to fame, from her days as Freda Josephine McDonald living on the streets as a school drop-out in Saint Louis, MO to her promising beginnings as a vaudeville dancer, to her journey to New York during the Harlem Renaissance where she performed at the Plantation Club and later in a number of popular Broadway revues. From there, the film depicts her arrival in Paris at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees and later to the Folies Bergeres in Paris, where she strangely found more success than in the United States. To his credit, Gibson goes beyond the rags-to-riches formula, engaging Josephine Baker's life in politics, her role in the French Resistance and the Civil Rights Movement, while broadly chronicling the relationships, experiences and circumstances that shaped Josephine Baker's life and diverse oeuvre.


Panel discussion including La Baker's son and midtown restauranteur Jean-Claude Baker and other special invited guests.

The Josephine Baker Story is brought to you by the Homo Harlem Film Series, a survey of artists & personalities who have informed the gay aesthetic in Harlem.

Curated by Michael Henry Adams and Valerie Jo Bradley.

Monday, June 21st - Saturday, June 26th, 2010



Maysles Cinema
343 Lenox Ave.
New York, NY 10027
United States

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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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