Zouzou (film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byMarc Allégret
Produced byArys Nissotti
Written byCarlo Rim
StarringJean Gabin
Josephine Baker
Music byVincent Scotto
Georges Van Parys
Alain Romans
Edited byDenise Batcheff
Distributed byCorona Films
Release date
  • 1934 (1934)
Running time
85 minutes

Zouzou is a French film by Marc Allégret released in 1934.[1] As its star, Josephine Baker was the first black woman to star in a major motion picture.


As children, Zouzou and Jean are paired in a traveling circus as twins: she's dark, he's light. After they've grown, he treats her as if she were his sister, but she's in love with him. In Paris, he's a music hall electrician, she's a laundress who delivers clean underwear to the hall. She introduces him to Claire, her friend at work, and the couple fall in love. Jean conspires to get the show's star out of town and for the theater manager to see the high-spirited Zouzou perform. When Jean's accused of murder and Zouzou needs money to mount his defense, she pleads to go on stage. Her talents may save the show, but can anything save her dream of life with Jean?



  1. ^ Canby, Vincent (10 February 1989). "Princess Tam Tam (1935) Review/Film; Tam Tam,' Starring Baker". The New York Times.

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