Zouzou

N.p. N.p., Circa 1934. Vintage matte-finish portrait photograph of actress Josephine Baker from the 1934 film, INSCRIBED by Baker: "To Miss Contin-Souza / With best wishes, from / Josephine Baker." With the stamp of Baker and her then-lover, Giuseppe Pepito "Joseph" Abatino, on the verso.

A young, orphaned laundress seeks employment as a nightclub dancer in order to raise money for her childhood friend, who has been wrongly accused of murder. Baker's fourth film appearance.

Baker moved to France in 1925, where she quickly gained success as an erotic dancer and actress, starring in several films throughout the 1930s, including "Zouzou" (1935) and "Princesse Tam-Tam" (1935). When France entered into World War II in 1939, Baker was recruited by the Deuxieme Bureau, a branch of French military intelligence, and became an "honorable correspondent." The actress gathered information about German troop locations, housed members of the Free French effort and helped them access visas, and carried secret Allied transmissions throughout Europe while ostensibly touring as an entertainer. Baker was awarded the Croix de guerre and the Rosette de la Resistance for her bravery, and in 1945 was named a Chevalier de Legion d'honneur, the highest order of merit for military and civil action.

Set in Paris.

8.5 x 10.5 inches. Very Good plus, with light wear and curling to the corners.


[Book #150486]

Price: $1,850.00