The Josephine Baker Story (Blu-ray)

Starring: Lynn Whitfield & Rubén Blades Director: Brian Gibson  Rated: R: Restricted
Before Madonna. Before Marilyn. There was Josephine.
The Josephine Baker Story (Blu-ray)
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 11 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1991
  • Label: HBO Home Video
  • Note: Audio commentary with Lynn Whitfield, writer Ron Hutchinson and associate producer Alisa Taylor
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
  • Audio:
    • DTS HD Master Audio - English
    • Subtitles - French, Spanish

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Entertainment Reviews:

USA Today - 06/22/2001
"...This breathlessly paced 131-minute drama conveys the star's humor and carnality..."

Product Description:

This award-winning HBO original tells the story of Josephine Baker (a spectacular Lynn Whitfield), the 1920s black entertainer who had a turbulent showbiz career. Beginning with Josephine's birth into poverty in St. Louis, director Brian Gibson's film follows her escape to the vaudeville circuit, which takes her to Paris, where she meets her first husband and becomes notorious for her seminude banana dance. The film chronicles Baker's very rocky love life, her career downturns, her "rainbow family" of adopted children, and the racism--and rejection--she endured upon her return to America. As she finally achieves international stardom, she faces tragic events that threaten to overwhelm her. The outstanding cast includes Ruben Blades, Louis Gossett Jr., David Dukes, and Craig T. Nelson.

Plot Keywords:

Music (General) | Tragedy | True Story | Vaudeville

Production Notes:

  • Filmed entirely on location in Budapest.
  • During filming, actress Lynn Whitfield and director Brian Gibson fell in love and married. However, they are now divorced.
  • Carol Dennis dubbed Lynn Whitfield's singing voice.

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Product Info:

  • Sales Rank: 117,370
  • UPC: 883929215515
  • Shipping Weight: 0.18/lbs (approx)
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