Historic Flims footage library in New York have released on behalf of the Bradfield family, rare, special color footage of Baker performing on stage in Chicago in 1951.
Recently discovered, this footage has been restored and transferred in 2K. It is currently available for licensing through Historic Films.
Musical performer Josephine Baker left the United States in the mid-1920s bound for Paris and by the end of that decade had become the darling of the French musical theater . She held court at the Folies Bergere for decades. Josephine Baker as well became the first Black woman to star in a major motion picture (Siren Of The Tropics in 1927).
Baker was celebrated by artists and intellectuals of the era, who variously dubbed her the “Black Venus” the “Black Pearl” the “Bronze Venus” and the “Creole Goddess”. She aided the French Resistance during World War II. During the civil rights movement in the United States Baker refused to perform for segregated audiences.