Bon anniversaire, Serge Gainsbourg!

I love Serge Gainsbourg, me.  Today would have been his 89th birthday and since I received a gift of a (bootleg?) album of the Marie Mathématique soundtrack yesterday, what better way to celebrate Serge’s birthday than with a bit of MM?  Marie Mathématique was a cartoon, drawn by Jean-Claude Forest of Barbarella fame – Marie Mathématique was the little sister of Barbarella. There were six episodes, screened on the fab French TV show Dim Dam Dom from 28 October 1965 to April 1966.  Serge Gainsbourg did the narration and provided the music so, of course, the whole thing worked beautifully.  Marie never talks herself – the stories are told through the songs and on-screen text – but you do hear France Gall’s laugh throughout.  And in episode 4 you even hear a bit of Serge’s Qui est “in”, qui est “out”Each episode was introduced by a different presenter (or presenters):

Episode One was Sandie Shaw:Episode Two was Chantal Goya (also seen pointing to a huge photo of her husband Jean-Jacques Debout):Episode 3 was someone I should recognise, but I’m not sure – is it Marie-France Pisier? (please let me know who it is if it’s not her):Episode 4 was… I don’t know – they look great whoever they are (again, please let me know if you know):Episode 5 was another one I don’t know:And Episode 6 was, I think, Dorothy McGowan:Here’s some screen shots from the episodes, just because the artwork is so good:INA should give this an official release (you can watch it online for a fee here) with some English subs.

Anyway, to make this more about Serge, I thought I should share something else, very special.  For Christmas I was given this book, which is wonderful.  It’s Tony Frank’s latest book of photographs of Serge, signed especially for me, sigh! – there are quite a few photographs I’ve not seen before and I LOVE the one on the front cover, even though (or maybe because) Serge looks untidy and his jumper has got bobbly bits on it:I won’t share all the photos, you just need to buy yourself a copy – it’s limited edition, just 1,000 copies worldwide, all signed, and they are of a beautiful quality.  Celebrate Serge’s birthday and buy your copy here.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MISTER GAINSBOURG!!!