La Revue des Revues

France 1927. Dir Joë Francis.

With Hélène Hallier, Josephine Baker, Pépa Bonafé. c.103min

Beautifully restored in 2005 by Lobster Films with the Danish Film Institute, La Revue des Revues is a formidably audacious and colourful parade of sets, costumes and dances. Its frothy plot involving a seamstress’s rise to stage glory is a thinly veiled excuse to feature authentic stage choreographies from legendary establishments Folies-Bergère, Palace and Moulin Rouge, including those of Josephine Baker and the Russian trio Komarova, Skibine and Gretchikine. Taking silent cinema’s attraction to the grand spectacle of the music halls to a new level, this fast-paced, fast-changing, dazzlingly kaleidoscopic show is pure spectatorial pleasure.