Josephine Baker Collection: Princess Tam Tam

Josephine Baker Collection: Princess Tam Tam

Josephine Baker
Director: Edmond T. Greville Cast: Josephine Baker
Josephine Baker
, Germaine Aussey
Germaine Aussey
, Albert Prejean
Albert Prejean
Edmond T. Greville


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Edmond T. Greville's Princess Tam Tam (1935), starring Josephine Baker and Albert Prejean, has been released by Kino International on DVD in a very handsome edition that needs little in the way of explanation or excuses for its quality. It is in better shape, in terms of surviving source materials, than the accompanying release of Zouzou. The full-screen (1.33-to-1) image is very slightly soft in some shots, but rich in contrast in all the right scenes, and there are few damaged frames or other flaws. The audio is consistent and clean, and mastered at a reasonably high volume level, though some viewers may want to give the latter a little bit of a boost. The subtitles are cleanly superimposed, with thin black borders around the white lettering to make them easily readable, and the 77-minute movie has been given a generous 12 chapters that cover the major plot points of the story. The main bonus feature is a 20-minute documentary called "Josephine Baker: The Films" devoted to her screen legacy and the history that it represents. Actress Lynn Whitfield, Baker's adopted son Jean-Claude Baker, critic Margo Jefferson, and historian Elizabeth Kendall all provide commentary, intercut with relevant shots and scenes from Baker's movies. The song selections from the main feature have also been excerpted for separate viewing, and there is a stills gallery as well. The disc opens automatically on a very easy-to-use multi-layer menu, which offers easy access to the movie and all of the supplements and bonus features.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/21/2005
UPC: 0738329040123
Original Release: 1935
Rating: NR
Source: Kino Lorber
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:17:00
Sales rank: 38,512

Special Features

"Josephine Baker: The Films" (2005, 18 min.) includes interviews with Lynn Whitfield (actress, The Josephine Baker Story), Margo Jefferson (New York Times theatre critic), Elizabeth Kendall (dance critic and historian) and Jean-Claude Baker, Josephine Baker's adopted son and biographer; Song selections; Stills gallery; Optional English subtitles

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Escape to Africa [7:02]
2. Writer's Block [6:44]
3. Searching for Alwina [7:07]
4. Provoking Jealousy [7:14]
5. Gossip & Dreams [7:37]
6. Princess vs. Maharajah [5:40]
7. Husband vs. Wife [6:56]
8. Real Fun for a Price [7:59]
9. A Set-Up Party [5:54]
10. An African Dance [7:22]
11. Best as a Novel [4:29]
12. Eating Civilization [3:12]

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