Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Cinematheque Reviews: Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life

Though he is a legend and an icon, and rightfully so, in his native France, singer/songwriter Serge Gainsbourg is virtually unknown my the masses of this country.  It is a sad but true fact of reality.  Joann Sfar's new biopic (though biopic is far too pedestrian a word to describe the strange entity that is this film) will probably not fix this problem much, if any, due to its quite limited release.  But those who do get to see the film (and this critic recommends it quite highly) will more than likely dig it indeed - and in turn may actually begin to dig M. Gainsbourg as well.  Here's hopin'.  My review of said film is now up and running over at The Cinematheque.

Read my review of Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life at The Cinematheque.

I think the below screenshot will give one an inkling of what one is in store for when one sits down to watch Gainsbourg: Vie héroïque.


MP said...

I haven't seen Gainsbourg yet. But the persona and the artist is quite an interesting subject. But I guess, since he used to sing in french he's not as know as a Bob Dylan or Tom Waits... Gainsbourg made fantastic albums and his albums are being reissued in vinyls and etc. I'm not a fan but interesting universe to dip your feet into.

Kevyn Knox said...

A great subject indeed. I actually am a big fan of Gainsbourg, so the film was a welcome surprise.

Jaime said...

Hi -

I've been following the word on this film since I first heard about it on the FILLES SOURIRES blog and can't wait to see it. Are you familiar with the records "Pink Elephants" and "Intoxicated Man"? They're english language renditions of SG's songs by long-time Nick Cave collaborator Mick Harvey. Well worth a listen.