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The Fireman of the Follies-Bergere

(1928)

directed by Henri Étiévant, 8 minutes

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THE FIREMAN OF THE FOLLIES BERGERE is strangely undocumented but was probably made to promote Josephine Baker's wild revue "Vents de Folies" in 1927-1928 at Paris' celebrated music hall after her 1925 triumph in the Negro revue at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees. The Folies emphasized fine costumes, dancers, stage effects and naked women. "Ah, the naked women," said manager Paul Derval, "if I ever tried to get rid of them, I might as well close the place down."

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