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    Princess Tam Tam (Kosmofilm, 1935). Danish A1 (24.25" X 33.5")
    Shunned by white Hollywood, Baker made a name for herself in France as a cabaret entertainer, all the while letting the audience know she didn't take herself, or anything else, too seriously. Princess Tam Tam is a 77-minute satirical spin on the "Pygmalion" concept: An uninhibited African girl (Baker) poses as a serene Indian princess, through the auspices of author Albert Prejean. A romance develops between the two (a plot device expressly forbidden by Hollywood's rules against miscegenation on screen), while Prejean's unfaithful wife fumes. Written by Josephine Baker's then-husband Pepito Abatino, the French/Tunisian produced Princess Tam-Tam was banned outright in the States. This lovely and rare Danish release poster features a wonderful image by artist Koppel of the exotic Baker from this film. In 2008 the U.S. Postal Service used the image of this historic poster in their Black Cinema series. The poster was folded with minor border wear including pinholes in the corners and tiny chips. The upper left corner had a chip within the white border only and there were a couple of small tears within the image. Professional conservation has restored this rare beauty to appear unused. Fine/Very Fine on Linen.




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