​If you pay attention to cultural waves, you’re probably aware that L.A. is currently going through a Serge Gainsbourg moment.
This coming Sunday, Aug. 28, the Hollywood Bowl (as part of KCRW’s World Festival) will be hosting a tribute to the French cult musician featuring Beck, Sean Lennon, Gainsbourg’s influential arranger Jean-Claude Vannier and other artists.
Meanwhile, over at the Silent Movie Theatre, Cinefamily and Cinespia are organizing a wonderful, Gainsbourg-centric series called France Goes Pop!, showing rarely seen movies and TV specials from Gainsbourg’s pop period (1966-1972). As part of the series, two recent films will have their US premiere: the documentary Gainsbourg and His Girls, and Joann Sfar’s surreal biopic Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life, co-starring enormous puppets and a talking cat.
While researching a piece on Gainsbourg’s movie career for LA Weekly, I discovered many fascinating nuggets about Gainsbourg’s dalliances with the world of cinema, but by far the most shocking revelation was that Serge Gainsbourg apparently was part of the cast of Jerry Lewis’ infamous 1972 Holocaust comedy/drama The Day the Clown Cried.