A key, recently rediscovered figure in the history of racial cinema and an early-20th-century pop phenom, St. Louis-born Josephine Baker was a larger-than-life performer whose childlike aggression, outsize physique, and faux-exotic style of sexually ravenous dance once made her the most highly paid live performer in France. She made only a handful of films, and here are the first three features, in all of which Baker embodies the charismatic but primitive woman-girl tragically hooked on a white man. Her love stories never end well, but at least in France... More >>>