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Serge Gainsbourg biopic!

Serge Gainsbourg biopic! (photo)

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A smoking hot feature about pop genius and French God, Serge Gainsbourg, premiered in France this week. If a man is measured by his taste in women and cigarettes then Gainsbourg is the man of the century. The prior, 20th century of course, during which he survived the Nazi occupation of Paris – a Jew, born Lucien Ginsburg – and went on to become the most scandalous chanteur in a country where even the stiffest prude looks like a liberal lunch time wino next to the average American.

“He was our Baudelaire, our Apollinaire.” French President Francois Mitterand said when Gainsbourg died in 1991. “He elevated the song to the level of art.” Yet many of Gainbourg’s songs were about the basest of human experiences – sex, flatulence, sex, Nazi’s, lots of sex. His half undressed “Lemon Incest” duet with then 12 year-old daughter, Charlotte Gainsbourg, in 1984 was perhaps the height of his scandal – merging his boundary pushing musical prowess with his outrageous public persona into one formidable debacle.

The film, though a biopic, is based on a graphic novel by Joann Sfar, who also helms the film as director. Eric Elmosnino stars and appears well chosen as the tremendously-eared singer. All of the glamorous ladies, Bambou, Bardot, Birkin, are present – indeed Gainsbourg’s love life is every bit as famous as his music, perhaps more so.

Being French is not a positive attribute for an American audience, especially in music – the language and the sound of French singing just do no translate here. Imagine Johnny America, burger in hand, tailgating at the game – “Je t’aime… moi non plus” blasting from his Ford pick-up, truck nuts all a dangle to the beat. No, outside of music heads and a handful of Francophiles, Gainsbourg’s music is not well known here, but perhaps some of his pin-up lovers are.

My favorite, British actress and singer Jane Birkin, mother of Charlotte was Gainsbourg’s main muse. Their love affair is the stuff of legend. Birkin is played by British actress Lucy Gordon, who like Birkin was a former model. This is young Lucy’s final role, as she hung herself just shy of her 29th birthday weeks after filming ended in France. No doubt people will speculate as to what it was in the making of the film that lead to her sad demise given the timing.

The film’s titled “Serge Gainsbourg, vie héroïque” with no release date or title for the US as yet. Let’s hope someone picks this up. It appears to be a feast for the ears and a party for the eyes…Incroyable!

International trailer (with English subtitles).

Gainsbourg and Bardot playing “Bonnie and Clyde.”

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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