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Genres Drama Musical
Running Time 130 min
MPAA rating Unrated
Release Date Aug 31, 2011
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Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life

GAINSBOURG: A HEROIC LIFE is a completely original take on one of France's greatest mavericks, the illustrious and infamous Jewish singer-songwriter, Serge Gainsbourg. Born Lucien Ginsburg to Russian-Jewish parents, Sfar follows him from his precocious childhood in Nazi-occupied Paris, to his beginnings as small time jazz musician and finally pop superstar. Along the way he romances many of the era's most beautiful women, including Juliette Greco, Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin.

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Oct. 28, 2011 - Boston.com - Ty Burr

It’s useful, if not all that accurate, to think of Serge Gainsbourg as France’s answer to Dylan, and “Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life’’ as a Gallic “I’m Not There,’’ the 2007 meditation on the many faces of Bob. Both singers arose from narrow musical genres - folk in Dylan’s case, French chanson for Gainsbourg - to become rock/pop omnivores during the 1960s and ’70s, and both were artist-provocateurs who delighted in poking the culture in its tender spots. Both were ugly men who slept with beautiful women; both had an almost unholy gift for outrage. The chief difference may only be that Dylan has outlasted his personas while Gainsbourg, dead at 62 of a heart attack in 1991, caved in to his.

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