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The French Way (1940/1945)

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"Une Fausse Alerte" was filmed in 1940 and set during the Winter of 1939-1940, but the film wasn't released until 1945. Josephine Baker plays a cabaret owner/singer who shepherds a "Romeo and Juliet" couple who are kept apart by feuding parents. ("I am a descendant of Napoleon Bonaparte!" "No, you aren't!) The "Phony War" setting is a look at Paris suspended-between-war-and-peace, before the Summer Blitzkrieg of 1940 would sweep it all away. Reviewers have complained that there isn't enough of Josephine Baker's talent on screen to balance a predictable plot. What do you say about this "pre-war" French Bonbon?

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