US Trailer: Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life

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(above) US Trailer for Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life
I love the man’s music and I’m amused by his legend, but I’ve had my fill of music biographies. Having said that, this one promises to be something a little bit more. Here’s the official blurb. “Taking the best from La Vie en Rose and Amelie, renowned comic book artist Joann Sfar’s Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life is a completely original take on one of France’s greatest mavericks, the illustrious and infamous Jewish singer-songwriter, Serge Gainsbourg (Eric Elmosnino). Born Lucien Ginsburg to Russian-Jewish parents, Sfar follows him from his precocious childhood in Nazi-occupied Paris, to his beginnings as small time jazz musician and finally pop superstar.  Along the way he romances many of the era’s most beautiful women, including Juliette Greco (Anna Mouglalis), Brigitte Bardot (Laetitia Casta) and Jane Birkin (Lucy Gordon). Employing a witty surrealistic style and a soundtrack that includes many of the musician’s greatest hits, Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life is a quintessential time capsule to ‘60’s Paris.” Also check out the official poster exclusively from The Playlist.

2 Responses to “Weekend News du Jour: 7/30 – 7/31”

  1. Well, I have never heard of the man… Not really my type of music I think… The visuals look good but it seems like “just another music biopic” and I’m not very keen on seeing it. Maybe when it comes out on DVD or something but even then it is doubtful.

    Generally speaking I’m a fan of the genre but I want the films to have something more than the general – rockstar sleeps with a lot of women and has problems with drugs/alcohol/whatever else there is to have problems with.

    Actually I don’t believe that I have seen any good music biopics recently… Maybe the last one I really enjoyed was The Runaways and even it wasn’t that great. Had quite a few strong moments but a few major weak points.

  2. I have a weird thing for ’60s French pop music so I like Serge, but I can see where he wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea.

    Supposedly, this movie diverges quite a bit from the usual music biography route so it might offer more of what you’re looking for. I don’t know for sure though.

    I enjoyed Runaways up to a point. I think they made a mistake in focusing on the least interesting member of the band more than they focused on Joan Jett, but that’s just me.

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