Sad but true: I have never posted this classic Jeanne Moreau song on my blog. I did post Vanessa Paradis' version, but not the original. Lucky for me, Virginia wrote a guestpost on this beautiful chanson:
Le tourbillon by Jeanne Moreau is a great, catchy song that’s easy to sing along to. I first heard the song in Jules et Jim, but by the end of the movie I had already forgotten about it because I was so struck by Moreau’s portrayal of Catherine. A few months later, I heard it again and I’ve loved it ever since. My French wasn’t that great when I heard the song, so it was nice that I didn’t have to look up too many words to understand its meaning. I like the chorus and how it changes throughout the song, especially the way it questions the characters actions at the end. Le tourbillon perfectly captures the action and tone of Jules et Jim. The song is lighthearted and playful, but also tragic because the characters remain entangled in each other’s lives and continue to hurt one another.
Jeanne Moreau - Le tourbillon