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Serge Gainsbourg Sings Again At Film Forum

Written by: FFT Webmaster | August 12th, 2011

Continuing with the theme of embracing French culture, a new dramatic musical film based on the life of influential French musician Serge Gainsbourg will have its U.S. Premiere at New York’s Film Forum later this month. GAINSBOURG: A HEROIC LIFE traces the eventful life of the iconic singer/songwriter, a kind of French Bob Dylan-cum-Frank Sinatra, from his origins as the child of Russian-Jewish parents to his status as a bon vivant of the French counterculture in the 1960s and 1970s. The film follows his childhood years in Nazi-occupied Paris, his bohemian period as a painter and jazz musician, and his life as a wildly popular performer and notorious ladies man, who had liaisons with some of the world’s most glamorous women of the period, including Brigitte Bardot, Jane Birkin and Juliette Gréco.  In the lead role, actor Eric Elmosnino brings both the narcissism and deep insecurities of the man to the surface in a performance that has been hailed in its native France and throughout Europe. The film also marks an auspicious debut feature for comic book artist Joann Sfar. GAINSBOURG: A HEROIC LIFE will have a 2-week engagement starting August 31. For more information, visit: www.filmforum.org

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