Now With More Than 3000 Reviews! Go Nuts - Read 'Em All!!

WELCOME! Use the search engines on this site (or your own off-site engine of choice) to gain easy access to the complete MAKSQUIBS Archive; over 2500 posts and counting. (New posts added every day or so.)

You can check on all our titles by typing the Title, Director, Actor or 'Keyword' of your choice in the Search Engine of your choice (include the phrase MAKSQUIBS) or just use the BLOGGER Search Box at the top left corner of the page.

Feel free to place comments directly on any of the film posts and to test your film knowledge with the CONTESTS scattered here & there. (Hey! No Googling allowed. They're pretty easy.)

Send E-mails to MAKSQUIBS@yahoo.com . (Let us know if the TRANSLATE WIDGET works!) Or use the Profile Page or Comments link for contact.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, April 25, 2014

GAINSBOURG (VIE HEROIQUE)

Debut pic from writer/graphic artist Joann Sfar is an imaginative, highly stylized bio-pic of French songster/ artistic gadfly/provocateur/ womanizer Serge Gainsbourg. (So far, Sfar has followed up with THE RABBI’S CAT, an animated feature of his own novel.) Gainsbourg, at least as portrayed here, lived less the heroic life promised by the film’s title than a toxically adventurous one, loaded with dramatic incident right from his start as a funny-looking Jewish kid/musical prodigy during the Nazi Occupation. A tantalizing mixture of grit, sexual confidence & self-loathing, strikingly realized as a kid by Kacey Mottet Klein and later by Eric Elmosnino, Sfar freshens the usual bio-pic tropes with graphic flourishes and a puppet-like doppelgänger Gainsbourg can’t quite move past . . . if in fact he wants to. But something goes terribly wrong with the second half of the film. It’s not so much that Gainsbourg’s story loses interest & empathy as he begins grazing thru a series affairs with stars like Jane Birkin, Brigitte Bardot & Juliette GrĂ©co, or even distaste at his increasing dissipation. More likely, it’s the essential banality of French Pop, an acquired taste at best. All those toneless, whispering ingenues just don’t seem worth the effort.

DOUBLE-BILL: Try pairing this with another stylish failure, Kevin Spacey’s BEYOND THE SEA/’04, a near-vanity project on Pop singer/actor Bobby Darin.

No comments: