Posted on

Michel Polnareff on Douce France 18 June 1966

I’ve been watching my French music shows again.  Here’s another Polnareff appearance from 1966, promoting La Poupée qui fait non on Douce France (18 June 1966, dir François Chatel) but before we can get to Polnareff I’m afraid you’ll have to endure the rest of the show like I did.  It’s not a brilliant line-up, it has to be said.  Especially as quite a few of the songs were “performed” in playback by an actor called Jacques Ary rather than the original performers.  Not sure if it was a bad week for availability or if the producers actually thought people would be amused by this.

Anyway, let’s start at the beginning:

Douce France June 66 1

The actress Mireille Darc is being driven around by some crazy chap called Roger Vattier – a very prolific French actor who was obviously having a quiet year in 1966.  This opening sequence is kind of reminiscent of Godard’s Week End which was released in 1967, but that might just be a coincidence – even if the show is pretty much a car crash.

Vattier is trying to convince Darc to participate in a musical comedy show or some such but apparently she says she is too frightened to sing.  The sketches they participate in together throughout the show continue in that vein until finally she sings at the end.  A stupid premise for the show, but that’s what we have to work with here.

Douce France June 66 2

The first act up is one of the ones who bothered to show up in person – François Deguelt.  Maybe he should have stayed at home too.  His back-story is that he had represented Monaco in the Eurovision Song Contest twice in 1960 and 1962.  You can tell.  And let’s just say he is old enough to know better than to sing a song like Oui, non, oui.  Non, François, non!

Douce France June 66 3Douce France June 66 4

He looks like a replacement school teacher who is trying to act cool in front of the school kids and can’t quite pull it off.  That’s what I think anyway.  Next!

Douce France June 66 5

I’m guessing this was Jacques Ary pretending to clip the hedges and singing along to the Charles Aznavour track.  I’m not sure I get the point but Mireille Darc looks amused…

Douce France June 66 6Douce France June 66 7

If François Deguelt was trying to act younger than his age, it would seem Mario Lattre is going in the other direction.  He’s a tenor and he dresses and acts like someone far older than his years.  He’s very dull.  The track is called Un sourire et un ciel bleu or something.  I don’t like!

Douce France June 66 8

Antoine was obviously busy campaigning to get the pill on sale in the supermarket so Jacques Ary donned a wig for the occasion and stood in for him – no need to look so happy about it, Jacques!

Douce France June 66 9

Then comes the punch-line: the camera pans back to reveal the extra hand protruding from his chest, holding the harmonica.  Oh, yeah! as Antoine would have said.  Maybe.

Douce France June 66 10

Laura Ulmer provides some relief for me, performing Tous les Garçons ne pensent qu’aux Filles.  She’s a cutie-pie and I don’t mind this song at all.  I don’t recall hearing it on any of the French girls compilation albums but it’s no doubt on one of them and if it’s not, it should be.

Douce France June 66 11Douce France June 66 12Douce France June 66 13

Couldn’t you just eat her?  Thanks, Laura, for making it more bearable.  Mireille and Roger are back and then it’s straight on with some dancing in the park from the ballerina Liane Daydé and the dancer and socialite Jacques Chazot.  How do you become a socialite, I wonder?  I don’t want to become one but I just wonder how you get that added to your CV as a profession.  Anyway:

Douce France June 66 14Douce France June 66 15Douce France June 66 16

It ends when Liane vanishes into thin air and Jacques is left with a handful of rose petals.  One of the perils, I guess.

Où est donc passé Nino Ferrer?  Well, he’s gone AWOL so Jacques Ary will have to do instead.  Here he is looking for Mirza:

Douce France June 66 17Douce France June 66 18

Big bugger, that Mirza, so I’m not sure how he managed to lose him.

Thank god Michel Polnareff bothered to show and saved the day or at the very least the show:

Douce France June 66 19Douce France June 66 20Douce France June 66 21Douce France June 66 22Douce France June 66 23Douce France June 66 24Douce France June 66 25Douce France June 66 26Douce France June 66 27Douce France June 66 28Douce France June 66 29Douce France June 66 30Douce France June 66 31Douce France June 66 32Douce France June 66 33

La Poupée qui fait non never sounded so good.  Shame it had to be followed by some pointless sequence with a scary looking guy (Jacques Ary again?) and a guillotine:

Douce France June 66 34Douce France June 66 35

Still, it’s over fairly quickly this time and then it’s followed by a chap called Georges Ulmer doing a track called Quand l’amour a décidé.  Talk about keeping it in the family, Georges Ulmer is Laura’s daddy.  But no, his track’s not really my cup of tea.

Douce France June 66 36Douce France June 66 37

Jacques Ary does another turn, this time pretending to be a traffic warden dishing out parking tickets.  Sigh!

Douce France June 66 38

Isabelle Aubret is next with a track called Le bonheur.  I know her for doing a Serge Gainsbourg cover and I’ll stick to that thanks.

Douce France June 66 39Douce France June 66 40

Roger and Mireille share a little joke.  I feel left out so I make up my own joke:  it looks like Carol Vorderman bleached her hair and had a bad night’s sleep.  It’s not funny but it’s funnier than Douce France.

Douce France June 66 41

Eddy Mitchell is taking a fag break during the filming of a John Ford western.  Or something.

Douce France June 66 42Douce France June 66 43Douce France June 66 44

Between puffs on his cigar he lip-syncs Fortissimo.  I liked Eddy Mitchell in Alain Jessua’s Frankenstein ’90 (released in 1984) and I don’t mind him as a person but I can’t abide his singing.  Sounds like he is severely backed-up.  Crack open the All Bran, Eddy!

Douce France June 66 45Douce France June 66 46

Finally Roger has convinced Mireille (who I also know for her work with Serge Gainsbourg) to sing a song for us.  It’s quite sweet – Si tu devines.  Not a bad way to end the show.  What do you think, Roger?

Douce France June 66 47

Thought so.  Polnareff was the best though.

About tinynoggin

I love films (anything from exploitation stuff to stylish Eastern European cinema, but I'm not really into blockbusters and modern Hollywood), music (Serge Gainsbourg, Jane Birkin, Michel Polnareff, Left Banke, Francoise Hardy, The Seeds, Love, The Zombies, etc) and books (Kurt Vonnegut, Julian Maclaren-Ross, Michel Houellebecq, Patrick Hamilton, Alan Sillitoe, and more). I take photographs with my Lomography Diana F plus or my Olympus Trip and like making stuff in my spare time.

One response to “Michel Polnareff on Douce France 18 June 1966

  1. Pingback: Polnapop – La Poupee qui fait non x 6 |

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s