Blu-ray, DVD Release: Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 20, 2012
Price: DVD $34.95, Blu-ray $43.95
Studio: Music Box

Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life movie scene

Eric Elmosnino is Serge Gainsbourg and Laetitia Casta is Brigitte Bardot in Gainsbourg.

The life and career of French singer-songwriter-provocateur Serge Gainsbourg, who’s often regarded as the personification of 1960s cool, is the subject of the 2010 biographical film Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life.

As a singer-songwriter whose landmark musical output includes such sexually infused and scandalous 1960s songs as “Je t’aime … moi non plus” and “Les Sucettes,” he is often regarded as one of the world’s most influential popular musicians. His impassioned music was matched only by his legendarily excessive lifestyle and love affairs with Europe’s most beautiful women, including chanteuses Juliette Greco and Jane Birkin and international sex symbol Brigitte Bardot.

Directed by famed French comic book artist-turned-director Joann Sfar, the film begins with the Gainsbourg’s childhood in Nazi-occupied France and moves through his musical triumphs and romantic reveries in the 1960s and 1970s, up to his final years when his excessive and hedonstic lifestyle of smoking, drinking and loving finally catches up with him.

Gainsbourg stars Eric Elmosnino as the man and features, as the women in his life, Laetitia Casta as Bardot, the late Lucy Gordon as Birkin, Anna Mouglalis as Greco and Sara Forestier (The Names of Love) as singer France Gall.

Following its theatrical release in Europe, Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life had a limited rollout to theaters in the U.S.’s top market in August 2011.

Presented in French with English subtitles, the movie comes to DVD and Blu-ray with the following bonus features:

  • Joann Sfar (Drawings): A Documentary by Matheiu Amalric
  • Original storyboards and character sketches by Joann Star
  • “The Making of Gainsbourg” featurette
  • Theatrical trailer

Check out the movie’s lively trailer:


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