Hero Culte wishes you a very happy year in 2017

At Christmas I was given this really great photograph of Serge Gainsbourg and Minouche Barelli posing with their Boum Badaboum balloons and t-shirts.  Serge (we’re on first name terms!) wrote the song for the Eurovision Song Contest fifty years ago, a couple of years after coming first in the Eurovision Song Contest with France Gall singing his Poupée de cire, poupée de son.  Boum Badaboum didn’t do quite as well, coming in fifth.  But it’s a great little song, although with the state of the world today probably best not to think about the lyrics too much…

Instead, let’s hope 2017 is a great year – much better than the last one.  We can hope, eh?

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Pierre Koralnik film Anna to be honoured with a plaque

I have recently been in touch with the film director Pierre Koralnik, who made one of my very favourite films: Anna (1967).

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If you’ve not seen Anna, well, you should.  It’s a musical, and whilst I don’t usually like musicals too much myself, this is a great musical thanks to Serge Gainsbourg’s superb soundtrack.  It stars the lovely Anna Karina, Jean-Claude Brialy, Serge Gainsbourg, Eddy Mitchell, and Marianne Faithfull amongst others.  It is so incredibly stylish and pop-art – it’s a “must see” as far as I’m concerned.

Pierre Koralnik has told me that on Saturday 20 August 2016 the Mayor of Deauville will be unveiling a plaque in honour of this wonderful film, which was partly filmed on the beach at Deauville.  This is great news and very well-deserved.  If you’re lucky enough to be in the area on that date you can go along and listen to Anna Karina and Pierre Koralnik (and others) discussing the film before the plaque is formally unveiled at 7pm.  More details are available here: http://www.deauville.fr/fetes-et-manifestations/sous-le-soleil-exactement

Anna-karina-photo-bleueUnfortunately I won’t be there myself, so instead I might just re-watch the film and look at these lovely press photos of Anna Karina that I bought a little while back:

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Anna is available on DVD complete with the CD soundtrack.

The Left Banke teen magazine press

The Left Banke are cutie pies (and “a long hair group” too apparently!) so it’s no wonder they featured in the American teen magazines in the 1960s.  I recently found a couple of magazines with articles about them and thought they should be shared.  Hope you like them:

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The above article is from a magazine called Teen’s Top Ten dated March 1967.

The second article is from a magazine called Movie Teen Illustrated dated July 1967:

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Teen’s Top Ten also included this little snippet about the band:

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I’m still hanging about a bit for the band to come over to the UK to play – please someone bring The Left Banke over here to do some shows soon!