Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Aux armes et cætera...

Finally after a long but deserving wait, I had the pleasure of watching the new biopic based on the life and times of France's ultimate bad boy, Serge Gainsbourg. For curious and fans alike, "Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque)" is a comprehensive look at this provocateur, from his early years as an aspiring and hugely talented painter to the appreciation of his composing skills, not to mention his talent of seducing some of the most beautiful women of his country and beyond. (Even Whitney Houston falled for his charms...sortof).

The director Joann Sfar lays special emphasis on Serge's alter ego, the defiant, mischievous poet Gainsbarre, a troubled personality that would haunt him through his relationships, his career and his deadly vices. As far as the cast is concerned, Eric Elmosnino and the late Lucy Gordon are quite convincing as Serge and Jane Birkin, his muse during his golden era. Elmosino, especially, is Gainsbourg reborn, with all and his sometimes unwashed appearence. Noteworthy is model Leititia Casta, who puts all the stops as the legendary Brigitte Bardot (watch for "Comic Strip" and the birth of the classic "Je T'aime...Mon Non Plus".

Overall, it's not the typical rock/pop movie. It elevates itself into a form of art, just like Gainsbourg himself.

Et voila!

MP3: Serge Gainsbourg - Le Poinçonneur des Lilas
MP3: Serge Gainsbourg & Brigitte Bardot - Bonnie and Clyde

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