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When Gréco Met Apollinaire

13/02/2012

Certainly Juliette Gréco’s new record is a must-have. It’s about, yes, bridges. Those places that span rivers, where you can meet other people or the Grim Reaper in case you prefer to jump over the railing. The probably finest song on Ca se traverse et c’est beau might be Mirabeau sous le pont, a clever, multi-layered hommage to the classic French poet, proto-surrealist and enfant terrible Guillaume Apollinaire, written by 80-years-old Jean-Claude Carrière, script writer of Bunuel’s Belle de Jour and 10000 other classics of the French silver screen. Of course, the song works like a movie. And surely it’s adult cinema.

Juliette Gréco – Mirabeau sous le pont

One comment

  1. Thank you very much for the link -fabulous. A fine song by Juliette Gréco at 85! Youtube has brought back to us her great performances of the past.

    La Gréco’s expressive presentation recalled for me that there is a wonderful photo of Francoise Hardy with the bust of Apollinaire, which I have relocated. See
    http://www.listal.com/viewimage/783860

    It is in the series taken of her in rainy Paris in her famously drab coat, winter 1962-63, before the creation of her style kicked in. It shows that from the start FH was seen as the intellectual of yé-yé, an image which she has kept for 50 years.

    marksl (GB)



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