A certain genre : A Labarthe Fantasy

Les Idoles

Marc 'O

1968
France
1h45
Fiction
Col.
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LES IDOLES is a psychedelic, disorienting trip into the French pop world of the 1960s. “Pop” music was just coming into its own then, and writer/director Marc’O, a known stage director and multidisciplinary artist, portrays the new world of pop superstardom as a strange, frenetic world full of debauchery and greed. The plot is barebones, hiding behind the atmosphere and (annoyingly) catchy songs, but consists of an unorthodox warehouse press conference with three pop singers: Charly Switchblade, Crazy Gigi, and Simon the Magician. As the audience is able to ask any questions they want, the facade of the manufactured pop stars slowly starts to fade.

LES IDOLES started as a stage play; director Marc’O assembled some of his regular troupe of stage actors, including Bulle Ogier (in her first major film role!) and Pierre Clementi, to bring this 1960s French pop farce to the big screen. Marc’O assembled quite an impressive roster to help him out: Andre Techine acted as an assistant director, while the film was edited by Jean Eustache

Cast
Bulle Ogier, Pierre Clémenti, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Bernadette Lafont
Screenplay
Marc'O
Photography
Jean Badal
Sound
Gaston Dollet, Jean Nény
Music
Patrick Greussay, Stéphane Vilar
Art direction
Laurent Gire
Editing
Jean Eustache
Production
Henri Zaphiratos

In restored version

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