maandag 21 december 2009

Sélection de Lundi: The Other Serge

Casque d’or, La ronde, Le doulos, L’armée des ombres: Serge Reggiani was already a highly acclaimed star of the French silver screen when he – encouraged by Simone Signoret and Yves Montand – turned to singing in 1965 with SR chante Boris Vian. His chef d’œuvre may well be Rupture (1971, pictured) – a brilliant album oscillating between grand melancholy, mild cynicism and mature knowledge unsurpassed in the history of French song. La putain combines Reggiani’s unique phrasing with a perfectly arranged composition by Michel Legrand and the classy poetic imagery of lyricist Jean-Loup Dabadie – a 3:42 min short story about the lost bird of youth and those secrets behind the jalousies.

Serge Reggiani – La putain

3 opmerkingen:

  1. The singer portrayed with a cigarette on the album cover - there's a thing you don't see anymore.

  2. I recently saw the documentary, "L'enfer d'Henri-Georges Clouzot" about the unfinished film "L'enfer" by Henri-George Clouzot, with Romy Schneider and Serge Reggiani. The doc is great and the movie would have been amazing had it been completed. This is an interesting excerpt from the doc, Romy's screen tests for L'enfer, Romy Schneider is stunning.

  3. nice clip, thx. chabrol's version of l'enfer is possibly not what clouzot had in mind, but features bravura performances by emmanuelle béart and francois cluzet.