Her career was centered primarily in Europe, mostly in her adopted France. Her performance in the revue Un vent de folie in caused a sensation in the city. Her costume, consisting of only a short skirt of artificial bananas and a beaded necklace, became an iconic image and a symbol both of the Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties. Baker was celebrated by artists and intellectuals of the era, who variously dubbed her the "Black Venus", the "Black Pearl", the "Bronze Venus", and the "Creole Goddess". Born in St.
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Whether you find these films touching, funny, or inspiring, you'll appreciate the diverse views of the French capital seen through each director's eyes and cinematographer's lenses. We've chosen a selection of classic and more recent flicks for your viewing enjoyment. And even if you can't get to the city anytime soon, sitting back and taking in a few of these can be a great way to experience Paris without leaving your living room. Of all the movies set in Paris, this classic MGM musical best captures the romance of the post-World War II city, when Americans were beloved for winning the war and a guy could live the good life on just a few centimes. The multi-talented Gene Kelly plays a soldier who trades in his uniform for an artist's smock, paints in a garret and falls in love with Leslie Caron.