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George Cukor, 1938
USA | Format: 35mm | 83 minutes
Claudette Colbert gives a radiant lead performance in this drama of infidelity set in and around a meticulously designed open-air Paris cabaret near the turn of the century. The plot—which centered on a young singer’s affair with a married man—suffered major cuts by the Hays office, which did little to dim Zaza’s many virtues: Cukor’s textured sense of period time and place, Charles Lang’s glowing photography, the one and only known instance of Colbert singing onscreen, and a movingly understated turn by celebrated vaudevillian Bert Lahr—best known as Oz’s Cowardly Lion—as Zaza’s devoted traveling companion.