Have you seen the movie 'La mome (La vie en rose)'? It's based on the story of Edith Piaf. The main actress, Marion Cotillard, is even nominated for a 2007 Golden Globe.
It's very interesting to see how her career was shaped despite her tragic life. She is a real icon in my country and is still one of the most respected French artists of all time.
That's very interesting Stephany. Yes, I had realised the admiration with which Piaf was still regarded in your country but I had not realised the association with a film of her life. I hope I haven't missed it here but I fear I may have done. This explains a lot. Thank you.
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Her eyes were the blue of cornflowers that dance amongst ripening wheat, Her hair the colour of golden sands bleached by summer's heat.
The movie may not have been released in the UK yet. It's been released in France in February 2007 so it's quite recent and has won many prizes in Festivals. Here is the US poster. The life of Edith Piaf is certainly out of the ordinary.
for quite a while I was thinking, wouldn't it be wonderful if Hayley recorded some songs made famous by Edith Piaf.
I am going to do some serious back pedaling on that now, like you would do if you were coming up to the edge of the Niagra falls and can't swim.
I have just been listening to Elaine Paige singing some Piaf songs. I have liked Elaine's singing for many years and she even has the same initials as Edith Piaf. But I have yet to hear a Piaf song, sung by anyone else that makes it a more desirable performance to listen to. Various people have tried and I think all have failed miserably.
The magic of Piaf was not in the voice itself, which could be quite fragile and rough from smoking and drinking and staying up late and doing eight three hour shows a week, but in the passion and the way she could illustrate the pain of loss, poverty and death or the joy and happiness and love of the ordinary working class people of France and the world.
When I hear anyone else sing a Piaf song, I just want to switch it off and listen to the original, Edith Piaf simply cannot be imitated or improved upon. To attempt do so would alienate a whole nation and Piaf fans worldwide.