Serge Gainsbourg in the Theaters


Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life

Landmark Theater
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, Best Actor-2011 César Awards). The film follows Serge (born Lucien Ginsburg to Russian-Jewish parents) from his awkward, 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 singer Juliette Gréco , Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin. Yet despite undreamed-of success, he could not find happiness nor remain faithful. Sfar’s unorthodox narrative style makes use of a giant puppet alter-ego to surprising effect.

Gainsbourg: The Man who Loved the Women

“The title “The Man Who Loved Women” references director François Truffaut’s 1977 film in which Bertrand tells his own life story. In “Gainsbourg: The Man Who Loved Women” (Gainsbourg, l’homme qui aimait les femmes) director Pascal Forneri uses the same technique to great effect as Serge Gainsbourg tells his life story through TV clips, interviews, photos, music videos and archival footage. Life as art is made complete with additional interviews by and archival footage of Gainsbourg’s muses in this wonderful docudrama. As the title implies the film chronicles Gainsbourg’s love relationships as a lens into his 30+ year career as the French singer-songwriter, actor and director and superstar. His complete disregard for taboos and the delight he took in scandalous behavior made him famous, but his musical genius made him a legend. His relationships served as both inspiration and muse. Because his relationships were such an important part of who he was “Gainsbourg: The Man Who Loved Women” exposes not only Gainsbourg’s creative genius, but also his charm and passion, his insecurities and vulnerability”


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