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A familiar face, maybe

Some time ago, I used to write often about a French singer and actress called Léonie Lousseau, who I really liked.  Unfortunately, instead of being pleased that someone was championing her work, Léonie sent a snotty, ungrateful email asking me not to write about her – in fact, suggesting that I was not allowed to and would have to remove all posts about her from my blog, or else

Well, it’s a way of alienating fans.  Understandably I haven’t felt like writing about her in some time, but look here:I couldn’t resist sharing this and I’m really not sure why I have never noticed it before but this looks very much like Léonie Lousseau (or Martine Collet, whatever her name is).  It’s from the 1969 film Slogan, famous for being the film that brought together my two favourites: Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin.

I can’t say I’m 100% sure this is Léonie / Martine, but I’m 99% sure it is.  She is in a short sequence where Jane’s character Evelyne is living with Serge and throwing a party, which is putting him off his work.  Another distraction comes in the form of this pretty lady, who shares an exchange with him.  The character’s name is Twenty, but that’s all I can tell you as the large supporting cast of Pierre Grimblat’s Slogan remain, for the most part, uncredited so there is no mention of Léonie Lousseau or Martine Collet on the film credits nor on IMDB.

Whoever it is, she’s one lucky lady meeting and (briefly) working with Serge Gainsbourg:

Slogan is one of my absolute favourite Serge / Jane films – it’s stylish and it marks the meeting of the mythical couple.  Check it out, and let me know if you think this looks like Léonie!  And I will certainly let you know if I get into trouble for posting it.


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.

6 responses to “A familiar face, maybe

  1. Sally Smithson ⋅

    I think it looks like her but am no expert! I would have thought, incidentally, that Leonie would have been flattered to having been written about so well by someone who clearly admires her.

  2. Rooksby

    She was certainly a looker (as my dubious Uncle Melvyn might’ve said, back in the faraway ’70s) but her eyes are Death. Scary.

    I’d love to see Slogan, never had the opportunity. One day!

    • Hallo again! Yes, she was fab looking, wasn’t she? Thing is, she was ALWAYS THERE back in the 60s and 70s, cropping up in all sorts of unexpected places. Maybe the look in her eyes is pain and yearning (for success and fame maybe?) – as Ktamer from Seinfeld once said, “That’s a lot of yearning!” You should definitely see Slogan if you can, it’s very quirky and colourful and stylish. Jane looks gorgeous (and so does Serge, if you like that kind of thing!). The music is fab (Gainsbourg with Jean-Claude Vannier) and there are some wonderful moments and lines that I will always remember (like when Serge says to Jane, “You look like holidays”). Serge is really good fun in it, taking the p*** out of himself. You can get a 2 disc version with English subs on Amazon for about £15 new (or if you want to splash out buy a second hand copy for £37, haha!). Are you still blogging? If so, send me your link so I can sign up for updates, please!

  3. Lafronde ⋅

    An article from a French newspaper states she has a freckle 5 centimeters from her right nostril so my money says it’s her.
    Add to that the fact that Jean Claude Vannier co-wrote the theme song and worked with Léonie and you have a good catch.

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