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…

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Charlotte Gainsbourg: Somerset House, London, July 2012

After seeing Charlotte Gainsbourg’s first London concert at the Shepherds Bush Empire in 2010, I definitely wanted to see her again when she played the Somerset House on 19 July 2012.  It was a different band this time as Charlotte was playing with Connan Mockasin who she had worked with on Out of Touch; this made it a very fun concert as Mr Mockasin (or is it Keith Lemon?!) is quite amusing and has a very talented and quirky group of musicians.

The set list (which I managed to get at the end of the concert) is an odd mix of old and new – a large part of the 5:55 (2006) tracks were missing, but I was, of course, more than happy to hear some of the Charlotte For Ever (1986) Serge Gainsbourg compositions.  The majority of the tracks came from the two Beck Hansen written/produced albums, IRM (2009) and the most recent release Stage Whisper (2011), with a couple of Connan Mockasin tracks thrown in for good measure (It’s Choade My Dear and Forever Dolphin Love), plus a cover of David Bowie’s Ashes to Ashes, which was surprisingly good.  The concert was excellent and thoroughly recommended.  Roll on the next album and tour!

Aside from my signed Charlotte Gainsbourg photograph at the top of this article, all photographs were taken by Dave Tinkham of Datapanik Design who probably won’t thank me for my lack of discrimination and simply uploading all the photographs!

Charlotte playing the drums on Connan Mockasin’s Forever Dolphin Love