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.