An Evariste Special!

This is one of my favourite finds for my Évariste collection – the sheet music for Connais-tu l’animal qui inventa le calcul intégral? 

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Who would have thought that even existed?

And to add to this, my friend Matt found this amazing Évariste film on Vimeo and sent me the link.  It’s called Aliénation et hiérarchie (ou l’anti-Dutronc) and it was made by Yves-Marie Mahé in 2012.  Watch it now, it’s absolutely amazing and there’s so much footage that you won’t have seen before (unless it’s just me who’s been missing out!).  Here are a few screen grabs to pique your interest:

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Amazing, uh?  Thanks, Yves-Marie Mahé, for this wonderful short film!

My Favourite Stuff: the dullest film still ever Charlotte For Ever

You know me, I love Serge Gainsbourg, but why on earth did I shell out my hard-earned cash for this – possibly the dullest film still ever?

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Obviously because it is Serge related.  But I have seen Charlotte For Ever and this still tells you nothing about the film at all.  Interestingly, the label on the back indicates that the film was shown (presumably with English subs) at the NFT in London.

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This was in 1992 – sadly I missed the screening then, although having seen it since then I didn’t miss ever such a lot.  Let’s say it’s not my favourite Gainsbourg film.  I’ll have to do a review some time to explain why.

What I am sad about missing is Stan The Flasher, which was also shown as part of the same season at the NFT.  I have the French language DVD but I would have loved to have seen it on the big screen with English subs.  I remember enjoying Stan The Flasher a whole lot more than Charlotte For Ever but I’ll have to re-watch it soon to check that it’s not my memory deceiving me…

Serge Gainsbourg related: Come Dance With Me film memorabilia

Here’s some more Gainsbourg related film memorabilia from my collection – another £1 special.  Serge gets a small mention in the cast list but not in the main listing at the bottom:

English language press synopsis for Michel Boisrond’s 1959 film Voulez-vous danser avec moi?

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My Favourite Stuff: Serge Gainsbourg peplum film still

I found this excellent British still of Serge Gainsbourg (uncredited) with, I believe, Mara Berni in the 1961 film Samson (dir Gianfranco Parolini) along with another still (Serge-less) from the same film.  I couldn’t bear to leave it behind though as it’s “Serge related” so I bought it anyway.  Still, not a bad haul for £2.

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Another photo of Evariste

I recently purchased this lovely press photo of Évariste – or, actually, Joël Sternheimer since it’s regarding his work as a scientist.  Aside from the fact that I’d never seen this photo before, the most interesting thing about it is that it seems to have been produced for the British press and all the text on the back of the image is in English.  I wonder whether there was ever an English language press article about Joël / Évariste?  I might have to do some digging…

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Post Script  –  Here’s a message from Évariste:

“I recall this photograph being taken by l’Express news magazine, around a couple of days before a debate with physicist Louis Leprince-Ringuet, organized on February 7, 1972 at Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris, by a then young student, future Agriculture Minister and European Commissioner Michel Barnier, who later took some responsibilities in the fight against pesticides (1). This had followed the censorship of Michel Treguer’s “Evariste et les sept dimensions” in January 1972 (