The Josephine Baker Story

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The Josephine Baker Story
Directed by Brian Gibson
Screenplay by Ron Hutchinson
Story by Ron Hutchinson
Michael Zagor
Starring Lynn Whitfield
Rubén Blades
David Dukes
Craig T. Nelson
Louis Gossett, Jr.
Music by Georges Delerue
Distributed by HBO
Release dates March 16, 1991
Running time 130 minutes
Country  United States
Language English

The Josephine Baker Story is a 1991 made-for-TV film that debuted on cable television network HBO. The film is about the life of Josephine Baker, an African-American, who rose to popularity in France in the 1920s with her "banana dance". In this dance, Baker wore only bananas on her bottom and went topless during most performances. Unlike most biographical films, The Josephine Baker Story deeply enters the personal life of Baker, rather than just her life in the public eye.

The film starred Lynn Whitfield (in the lead role), Rubén Blades, and David Dukes; along with Louis Gossett, Jr., Craig T. Nelson, Kene Holliday, Vivian Bonnell, and Vivienne Eytle. The original music score was composed by Georges Delerue. The film was nominated for several awards.


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