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Zaza (1923) on DVD

Regular Price: $19.98

Special Price $16.77

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Actor : Gloria Swanson, H.B. Warner, Ferdinand Gottschalk
Director: Allan Dwan
Genre: Drama
Year: 1923
Studio: Kino Lorber
Length: 84 min
Released: June 6, 2017
Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Format: DVD
Misc: Black & White, NTSC, Subtitled
Language: English
Subtitles: English


Gloria Swanson is all flounce and swagger as Zaza, a street gamine turned music hall star, strutting her stuff, tossing off quips and taunts with her irrepressible backside, which is sometimes adorned with a pert bow for emphasis. Over the course of the film, directed by Allan Dwan (Robin Hood), she engages in two knock-down drag-out cat fights, frisks through playful love scenes, writhes in a hospital bed, nurses a broken heart, and evolves into a soberly dignified woman. Her physicality dominates the film, which does not suffer from being essentially a well-crafted frame for her performance. Swanson s ebullience in Zaza was unfeigned; she called it the fastest, easiest, most enjoyable picture I ever made. Imogen Sara Smith

Special Features: Piano score composed and performed by Jeff Rapsis, adapted from the original 1923 cue sheet | Audio commentary by Frederic Lombardi, author of Allan Dwan and the Rise and Decline of the Hollywood Studios | Booklet essay by film historian Imogen Sara Smith

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