Josephine Baker s Cinematic Prism

Josephine Baker s Cinematic Prism

In Josephine Baker's Cinematic Prism, Terri Simone Francis examines how Baker fashioned her celebrity through cinematic reflexivity, an authorial strategy in which she placed herself, her persona, and her character into visual dialogue.

Author: Terri Simone Francis

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ISBN: 0253223385

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Page: 224

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Josephine Baker, the first black woman to star in a major motion picture, was both liberated and delightfully undignified, playfully vacillating between allure and colonialist stereotyping. Nicknamed the "Black Venus," "Black Pearl," and "Creole Goddess," Baker blended the sensual and the comedic when taking 1920s Europe by storm. Back home in the United States, Baker's film career brought hope to the black press that a new cinema centered on black glamour would come to fruition. In Josephine Baker's Cinematic Prism, Terri Simone Francis examines how Baker fashioned her celebrity through cinematic reflexivity, an authorial strategy in which she placed herself, her persona, and her character into visual dialogue. Francis contends that though Baker was an African American actress who lived and worked in France exclusively with a white film company, white costars, white writers, and white directors, she holds monumental significance for African American cinema as the first truly global black woman film star. Francis also examines the double-talk between Baker and her characters in Le Pompier de Folies Bergère, La Sirène des Tropiques, Zou Zou, Princesse Tam Tam, and The French Way, whose narratives seem to undermine the very stardom they offered. In doing so, Francis artfully illuminates the most resonant links between emergent African American cinephilia, the diverse opinions of Baker in the popular press, and African Americans' broader aspirations for progress toward racial equality. Examining an unexplored aspect of Baker's career, Josephine Baker's Cinematic Prism deepens the ongoing conversation about race, gender, and performance in the African Diaspora.
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Josephine Baker s Cinematic Prism

Josephine Baker s Cinematic Prism

But it was not without risks, which Baker managed ingeniously through the possibilities of her cinematic prism. The prism of Josephine Baker switches ...

Author: Terri Simone Francis

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253017598

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 216

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Josephine Baker, the first Black woman to star in a major motion picture, was both liberated and delightfully undignified, playfully vacillating between allure and colonialist stereotyping. Nicknamed the "Black Venus," "Black Pearl," and "Creole Goddess," Baker blended the sensual and the comedic when taking 1920s Europe by storm. Back home in the United States, Baker's film career brought hope to the Black press that a new cinema centered on Black glamour would come to fruition. In Josephine Baker's Cinematic Prism, Terri Simone Francis examines how Baker fashioned her celebrity through cinematic reflexivity, an authorial strategy in which she placed herself, her persona, and her character into visual dialogue. Francis contends that though Baker was an African American actress who lived and worked in France exclusively with a white film company, white costars, white writers, and white directors, she holds monumental significance for African American cinema as the first truly global Black woman film star. Francis also examines the double-talk between Baker and her characters in Le Pompier de Folies Bergère, La Sirène des Tropiques, Zou Zou, Princesse Tam Tam, and The French Way, whose narratives seem to undermine the very stardom they offered. In doing so, Francis artfully illuminates the most resonant links between emergent African American cinephilia, the diverse opinions of Baker in the popular press, and African Americans' broader aspirations for progress toward racial equality. Examining an unexplored aspect of Baker's career, Josephine Baker's Cinematic Prism deepens the ongoing conversation about race, gender, and performance in the African diaspora.
Categories: Performing Arts

Writing About Screen Media

Writing About Screen Media

He is currently a Contributing Editor at Film Comment Magazine and writes the film ... Her book The Cinematic Prism of Josephine Baker, a study of how the ...

Author: Lisa Patti

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351187053

Category: Social Science

Page: 248

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Writing About Screen Media presents strategies for writing about a broad range of media objects – including film, television, social media, advertising, video games, mobile media, music videos, and digital media – in an equally broad range of formats. The book’s case studies showcase media studies’ geographical and industrial breadth, with essays covering topics as varied as: Brazilian telenovelas, K-pop music videos, Bombay cinema credit sequences, global streaming services, film festivals, archives, and more. With the expertise of over forty esteemed media scholars, the collection combines personal reflections about writing with practical advice. Writing About Screen Media reflects the diversity of screen media criticism and encourages both beginning and established writers to experiment with content and form. Through its unprecedented scope, this volume will engage not only those who may be writing about film and other screen media for the first time but also accomplished writers who are interested in exploring new screen media objects, new approaches to writing about media, and new formats for critical expression.
Categories: Social Science

The Josephine Baker Critical Reader

The Josephine Baker Critical Reader

The aim of this collection is to provide students and scholars a prism through ... The Josephine Baker Critical Reader aims to promote Baker studies in the ...

Author: Mae G. Henderson

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476629483

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 380

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Star of stage and screen, cultural ambassador, civil rights and political activist—Josephine Baker was defined by the various public roles that made her 50-year career an exemplar of postmodern identity. Her legacy continues to influence modern culture more than 40 years after her death. This new collection of essays interprets Baker’s life in the context of modernism, feminism, race, gender and sexuality. The contributors focus on various aspects of her life and career, including her performances and public reception, civil rights efforts, the architecture of her unbuilt house, and her modern-day “afterlife.”
Categories: Performing Arts

Black Venus

Black Venus

The book opens with an exploration of scientific discourse on black females, using Sarah Bartmann, the so-called Hottentot Venus, and natural scientist Georges Cuvier as points of departure.

Author: T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

ISBN: UCSC:32106014905035

Category: History

Page: 190

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DIVExplores the treatment and image of the black female or "Black Venus" as seen in early 19th French literature./div
Categories: History

Film Writers Guide

Film Writers Guide

Author: Susan Avallone

Publisher:

ISBN: IND:30000026230817

Category: Motion picture industry

Page: 548

View: 900

Categories: Motion picture industry

Paris Reflections

Paris Reflections

This book takes the reader on six walking tours through historic districts of Paris where the African-American presence has been prominent.

Author: Christiann Anderson

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0939923882

Category: Travel

Page: 134

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Paris, one of the world's great cities, has a long and rich tradition of embracing people of diverse ethnic backgrounds. For over two centuries, African Americans have been among the racial and cultural mosaic that has thrived in Paris and helped to make the city a world-renowned centre of imagination and creativity. Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Ada 'Bricktop' Smith, Sidney Bechet, Victor Sejour, Josephine Baker, Henry O Tanner, and numerous other African Americans have lived, worked, and played in Paris, and while doing so contributed significantly to the city's legacy of achievement in art, literature, science, business, sport, social reform, political science, and numerous other fields. This book takes the reader on six walking tours through historic districts of Paris where the African-American presence has been prominent. The authors have assembled a vast amount of information about the lives and works of many of Paris's most prominent African Americans, and all who walk the city's neighbourhoods with 'Paris Reflections' in hand will become intimately familiar with the stage and exact locations upon which so much of the area's vibrant African-American history has played out. Each walk is accompanied by a clear and detailed map that will help the reader easily navigate the intricate streets and buildings of the City of Light. The book provides a pithy introduction to the African-American experience in Paris. A selection of original colour art by Christiann Anderson, and a listing of sources of additional information about the subject of the book, contribute additional dimensions to this handsome and graceful handbook.
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Bowker s Complete Video Directory 2001

Bowker s Complete Video Directory 2001

Josephine Baker stars as the stunning woman who captures the imagination of a ... The film's incredibly moving final scenes show Huan Tsuang losing his ...

Author: R R Bowker Publishing

Publisher: R. R. Bowker

ISBN: 0835244229

Category: Films for the hearing impaired

Page: 4700

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Categories: Films for the hearing impaired

Black Venus 2010

Black Venus 2010

Analyzing contemporaneous and contemporary works that re-imagine the "Hottentot Venus."

Author: Deborah Willis

Publisher: Temple University Press

ISBN: 9781439902066

Category: Art

Page: 256

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Analyzing contemporaneous and contemporary works that re-imagine the "Hottentot Venus."
Categories: Art

Film Writers Directory

Film Writers Directory

1973 CHARLES EASTMAN ALL - AMERICAN MURDER Prism Entertainment 1982 BARRY ... 1967 HERBERT BAKER [ AMELIA AND THE KING OF PLANTS ] New Line Cinema 1996 ...

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ISBN: UOM:39015067493414

Category: Motion picture industry

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Categories: Motion picture industry

Babylon Girls

Babylon Girls

Babylon Girls is a groundbreaking cultural history of the African American women who performed in variety shows—chorus lines, burlesque revues, cabaret acts, and the like—between 1890 and 1945.

Author: Jayna Brown

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

ISBN: STANFORD:36105131606951

Category: Social Science

Page: 360

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Babylon Girls is a groundbreaking cultural history of the African American women who performed in variety shows—chorus lines, burlesque revues, cabaret acts, and the like—between 1890 and 1945. Through a consideration of the gestures, costuming, vocal techniques, and stagecraft developed by African American singers and dancers, Jayna Brown explains how these women shaped the movement and style of an emerging urban popular culture. In an era of U.S. and British imperialism, these women challenged and played with constructions of race, gender, and the body as they moved across stages and geographic space. They pioneered dance movements including the cakewalk, the shimmy, and the Charleston—black dances by which the “New Woman” defined herself. These early-twentieth-century performers brought these dances with them as they toured across the United States and around the world, becoming cosmopolitan subjects more widely traveled than many of their audiences. Investigating both well-known performers such as Ada Overton Walker and Josephine Baker and lesser-known artists such as Belle Davis and Valaida Snow, Brown weaves the histories of specific singers and dancers together with incisive theoretical insights. She describes the strange phenomenon of blackface performances by women, both black and white, and she considers how black expressive artists navigated racial segregation. Fronting the “picaninny choruses” of African American child performers who toured Britain and the Continent in the early 1900s, and singing and dancing in The Creole Show (1890), Darktown Follies (1913), and Shuffle Along (1921), black women variety-show performers of the early twentieth century paved the way for later generations of African American performers. Brown shows not only how these artists influenced transnational ideas of the modern woman but also how their artistry was an essential element in the development of jazz.
Categories: Social Science

Bowker s Complete Video Directory 1996

Bowker s Complete Video Directory 1996

Josephine Baker , Albert Prejean & Germaine Aussey . ... The film's incredibly moving final scenes show Huan Tsuang losing his Cinderella , then regaining ...

Author: R R Bowker Publishing

Publisher: R. R. Bowker

ISBN: 0835237672

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Page: 1952

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Video Sourcebook

Video Sourcebook

1976 A non - narrative film that discloses the presence and effectiveness noise has in ... Pr : Film Ventures International . ... Pr : Prism Entertainment .

Author: Thomson Gale

Publisher: Gale Cengage

ISBN: 1414400993

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 4000

View: 785

From classroom aids to corporate training programs, technical resources to self-help guides, children's features to documentaries, theatrical releases to straight-to-video movies, The Video Source Book continues its comprehensive coverage of the wide universe of video offerings with more than 130,000 complete program listings, encompassing more than 160,000 videos. All listings are arranged alphabetically by title. Each entry provides a description of the program and information on obtaining the title. Six indexes -- alternate title, subject, credits, awards, special formats and program distributors -- help speed research.
Categories: Performing Arts

Who s who in Finance and Industry

Who s who in Finance and Industry

Equitable Life Assurance Soc . , N.Y. Prism and Equitable Trusts , 1977— . ... Emile Gabriel and Mary Josephine ( Leonard ) M .; m .

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ISBN: UCLA:L0062964978

Category: Canada

Page: 942

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Categories: Canada

Forthcoming Books

Forthcoming Books

Author: Rose Arny

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015038913821

Category: American literature

Page:

View: 493

Categories: American literature