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Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life
LEGENDARY FRENCH COMPOSER, LYRICIST AND PROVOCATEUR SERGE GAINSBOURG IS CELEBRATED IN AWARD-WINNING BIO-PIC ABOUT HIS LIFE, LOVES & MUSICAvailable onBlu-ray, DVD, and VOD
March 20, 2011
“Unconventional, imaginative, nothing if not audacious, Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life is a portrait of creativity from the inside…” – Los Angeles Times
“If only all bio-pics were this entertaining.” – New YorkDaily News
“Impassioned, sexy and charming.” -GQ
His music was visionary. His lovers were renowned. His life was extraordinary. And now, for the first time, the life, loves and music of France’s incomparable singer-songwriter and provocateur Serge Gainsbourg are celebrated in GAINSBOURG: A HEROIC LIFE, thestunning and sensational debut film by famed French comic book artist-turned-director Joann Sfar.
GAINSBOURG: A HEROIC LIFE will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, VOD and Digital Download by Music Box Films Home Entertainment on March 20 (prebook Feb. 14). Loaded with such exciting bonus features as a making-of documentary and a collection of original storyboards and character sketches by director Sfar, the Blu-ray and DVD will carry the suggested retail prices of $43.95 and $34.95, respectively.
The late Serge Gainsbourg, often regarded as the personification of Sixties cool, is one of France’s most illustrious and infamous artistes. As a singer-songwriter whose landmark musical output includes such sexually-infused and scandalous Sixties songs as “Je t’aime…moi non plus” and “Les Sucettes,” he is often regarded as one of the world’s most influential popular musicians. His impassioned music is matched only by his legendarily excessive lifestyle and love affairs with Europe’s most beautiful women, including chanteuses Juliette Greco and Jane Birkin and international sex symbol Brigitte Bardot.
In GAINSBOURG: A HEROIC LIFE, director Joann Sfar brings Serge Gainbourg’s story to vivid, imaginative and often surreal life, beginning with Gainsbourg’s childhood in Nazi-occupied France, through his musical triumphs and romantic reveries in the Sixties and Seventies, up to his final years when his excessive and hedonistic lifestyle of smoking, drinking and loving finally catches up with him.
GAINSBOURG: A HEROIC LIFE stars Eric Elmosnino as Serge Gainsbourg in a performance that Mary Pols of Time Magazine describes as “dazzling” and David Noh of Film Journal declares as “brilliantly right.” Also starring supermodel Laetitia Casta as Brigitte Bardot, the late Lucy Gordon as Jane Birkin, Anna Mouglalis as Juliette Greco and Sara Forestier as singer France Gall, GAINSBOURG: A HEROIC LIFE won two prestigious 2011 Cesar Awards in France for ‘Best Actor’ (Elmosnino) and ‘Best First Film’, as a well a ‘Best Actor’ prize for Elmosnino at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival.
Released theatrically around the world and in the U.S.’s top markets in August, 2011, GAINSBOURG: A HEROIC LIFE also features a soundtrack that includes many of the musical maverick’s greatest hits. With its inimitable sounds and highly-stylized vision, GAINSBOURG: A HEROIC LIFE is the quintessential time capsule to Sixties’ Paris that cannot be missed.
More information on Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life can be found on the film’s website, http://www.musicboxfilms.com/gainsbourg.
Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life — Synopsis:
Born Lucien Ginsburg in Paris to a Jewish family from Russia, future pop idol Serge Gainsbourg is raised in Nazi-occupied France, where he develops a mischievous determination and unbridled passion for life. Interested in music but initially unsure about his abilities, Gainsbourg begins his career as a stage-fright-stricken nightclub singer. By the early Sixties, he unleashes his abilities as a popular songwriter, a seemingly natural talent that finds him penning soon-to-be-standards for such singers of the day as France Gall (Sara Forestier) and Juliette Greco (Anna Mouglalis), with whom he embarks on a romantic liaison. Swaggering into the seismic cultural shifts of late-Sixties France, Gainsbourg’s talent and tawdry behavior intensify and yield impassioned romances and landmark song duets with European beauties Brigitte Bardot (Laetitia Casta) and Jane Birkin (Lucy Gordon), just as it sparks his interest in a swath of musical styles ranging from music hall crooning and bubblegum pop to rock, folk and even reggae. But even with all the talent and adoration in the world, a hedonistic lifestyle of smoking, drinking and loving can’t go on forever…