Pourquoi? Well, why not. A change of pace is good for me every now and then and I'll tie it in somewhat gingerly to Hong Kong film. I try not to be one of those American's who like to snigger about the French every time they disagree with the USA on something because there are lots of things I love about the French - Paris is the greatest city in the world to walk around in, their movies can be very cool New Wave or post New Wave, I could eat profiteroles all day and all night, a female French accent gets me every time, they almost make smoking look like something I should be doing, Inspector Maigret, cafe's where you can sit for ages without a waiter giving you the evil eye, Godard for saying "All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl." and French pop music from the 1960's.
My other favorite French singer? None other than Brigitte Bardot. If I was forced to chose who was the sexist woman in the world, I think Brigitte circa 1960 would be it. I am not sure if the term "sex kitten" was created for her but it should have been. Her sex appeal is atomic. Many of her early films were straight out fun romantic comedies with a large dose of Bardot sizzle. I came across a video of one of these films in the Brooklyn Library the other day and took a look at it. It is Une Parisenne from 1957 and it doesn't seem to be available on DVD. She co-stars with Charles Boyer and Henri Vidal in a totally infectious and charming silly comedy about newly weds sorting out their concept of fidelity the French way. But Bardot was a good singer as well - not great but she chose her material well for her voice and released quite a bit of music in the 60's. Her most famous song is probably one in which she duets with Serge Gainsbourg called Bonnie and Clyde (later covered by Luna). One DVD I would highly recommend to anyone who is a fan is a compilation of some of her TV appearances called Divine BB and this YouTube video is one of those songs. She is so cute in this.
So let's bring in the very faint Hong Kong connection to French music. I have yet to see it but in one of Johnny To's latest films, Vengeance, he casts one of France's most famous singers, Johnny Hallyday, who has been around forever. I actually realized that I have one of his CD's - so though I doubt it, but just in case anyone was curious about what he sounded like, here for your listening pleasure are two songs of his.
And just for the heck of it, one more YouTube video of Brigitte singing and showing her famous cleavage!