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The Josephine Baker Story [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: Lynn Whitfield, Rubén Blades, David Dukes, Louis Gossett Jr., Craig T. Nelson
  • Directors: Brian Gibson
  • Writers: Michael Zagor, Ron Hutchinson
  • Producers: Alisa Taylor, David Puttnam, John Kemeny, Madeleine Henrié, Robert Halmi Jr.
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: HBO Canada
  • Release Date: Jan. 17 2012
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005ERX22C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,208 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Haschka on June 1 2003
Format: DVD
THE JOSEPHINE BAKER STORY is a fast-forward, 2-hour plus life synopsis of the celebrated black entertainer from 1917, when she was eleven and running from murderous racial violence in St. Louis, to her death in 1975 in Paris. Lynn Whitfield stars in this HBO production.
The film manages to catch the key points of her life: early vaudeville gigs in the U.S. as a very young girl, notoriety as an exotic dancer in 1920's Paris, rise to major world stardom in the late 20's/early 30's, disastrous return to the U.S. entertainment circuit in the late 30's, French Resistance war hero, a near-fatality from peritonitis, entertainer of U.S. troops in North Africa, post-war civil rights champion back in the U.S., loving mother of a dozen, adopted, multi-racial children on her French estate, financial destitution in the late 60's, and resurrection in the 70's with the help of Prince and Princess Rainier of Monaco.
Since TJBS covers so many decades and events in such short a time, much is lost: the marriage to her first and third husbands (Willie Wells and Jean Lion respectively), her brief film career, her stint as a Red Cross nurse after the Nazi occupation of Belgium, her many legal imbroglios, her late-life relationship with American artist Robert Brady, and her presence in the 1963 Washington D.C. civil rights march led by Martin Luther King. Sometimes the viewer feels shortchanged, as when the scene shifts from late 30's New York to wartime France to 1942 North Africa in the blink of an eye. (Don't go to the kitchen for that pastrami sandwich and beer - you may miss something.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Oct. 31 1999
Format: VHS Tape
ms.baker broke ground and was an incredible entertainer.it's a shame that she had to make a living overseas but the film shows the ignorance and racist vibes that she had to encounter.lynn whitfield not only does a great job in the lead but she looks good as well.this is history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Sept. 30 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I found "The Josephine Baker Story" to be a very good video biography of the famous yet infamous Josephine Baker. This film brought this erotic icon to the suface for all to see and love. Lynn Whitfield gave a five star performance, and her vivid portrayal of the star indulges ones curiousity about Ms. Baker, this movie is definitely a keeper if I ever did see one.
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By marriedutopianstriver TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 7 2013
Format: DVD
“The Josephine Baker Story” is an evocative movie about Josephine Baker’s professional and personal journeys in both the United States and Europe. The film provides substantial information on why she moved to France. Scenes from “The Josephine Baker Story” also resplendently show the psychological and spiritual tribulations that Baker endured in America during her ascent to fame and fortune. There are also dramatic and touching scenes that provide evidence on how Count Abatino helped Baker to soar in life (as well as loving her more than life itself). Heartwarming events in Josephine Baker’s life, such as her adopted children symbolizing a “rainbow coalition” are also meticulously captured in the movie. Obviously, the children are now grown and most likely doing well. However, I am surprised that the media has not yet covered how many of them are doing as part of their “Where Are They Now” feature. “The Josephine Baker Story” is best for those who enjoy victory-themed movies involving overcoming great obstacles and turning them into vehicles for personal growth. The following actors and actresses are included in “The Josephine Baker Story”: Lynn Whitfield, Ruben Blades, Louis Gossett Jr., Craig Nelson, David Dukes, Kene Holiday, Vivian Bonnell, and Vivienne Eytle,
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Nov. 28 2001
Format: DVD
This film is fantastic. I have scene this film many times,Yet I never get tired of it.Lynn Whitfield as Ms. Baker is phenomenal, she deserved more than just an Emmy for her protrayal. This movie captures the intricate and eccentric sides of Josephine Baker.
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