La Revue des Revues is the 1927 French silent film. It is the story of Gabrielle, who dreams of becoming a famous star. She enters a contest, but loses. However, when the winner is unable to perform her duty, she replaces her. The real meat of the film is the numerous revues on which the story is merely the framework. The themes range from the French Navy, Spain, Ancient Egypt, and France’s past. They also give a glimpse into the everyday life of 1920s France. Famous stars such as Lila NIkolska, Madame Komakova and Josephine Baker perform in dance numbers.
Frankly, the movie doesn’t need the framing plot and it shows. It wants to showcase the dance hall performers rather than develop Gabrielle’s story. To be honest, it would have worked better as a documentary because it is interesting to see a slice of life film about the entertainment world. The soundtrack is unusual since it’s a lot more modern than most silent film music. In fact, the opening music is so good; it can be listened to on its own. Josephine Baker fans should watch it to see her in action. Honolulu silent film fans should at least rent the film.
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