Working from the surreal imagery and concrete emotions with which Brel laced his lyrics, songwriter Mort Shuman (himself co-creator of some of the most memorable hit songs for the Drifters and Elvis Presley) transforms Brel's French chansons into lushly romantic yet unsentimental English language versions. Shuman, Elly Stone, and Joe Masiell give voice to Brel's tangos and boleros in an explosion of settings that are inexhaustibly imaginative and intimate. But the true showstopper offers Brel himself singing his signature, "Ne Me Quitte Pas," in a sequence that ranks as one of the most powerfully understated and sincere musical performances ever put on film.
From the vitriolic anti-war accusations of "Au Suivant" ("Next") to the achingly real "Chanson des Vieux Amours" ("Song of the Old Lovers"), Brel foments protest without preaching, celebrates tragedy without sinking to despair and offers insight without shunning emotion. Kino's presentation of AFT's Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris is proof of this celebrated modern troubadour's timeless relevance and enduring passion.
|Lady with Shopping Bag||Elly Stone|
|Taxi Driver||Mort Shuman|
|Jacques Brel||Jacques Brel|
|Writer (Play/Screenplay)||Eric Blau|
|Writer (Play)||Mort Shuman|
|Writer (Play)||Jacques Brel|
|Executive Producer||Claude Héroux|
Not the Jacque Brel show I saw
Very different then I thought it was going to be, I definitily enjoyed it none the less