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Alex Blaze

Queer music Friday - Marie France

Filed By Alex Blaze | April 09, 2010 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: Marie France, queer music

Marie France is a glamorous rock and pop singer of transsexual history who's been famous for her music, acting, and modeling here in France since the 1970's.

Her current musical project is an hommage to Brigitte Bardot, France's Marilyn Monroe. Instead of putting a song before the jump, I found this amazing video of Marie France doing the prologue of Bardot's most famous movie, Le Mépris, which is just about the greatest scene in the canon of French film. The movie's been called "the greatest work of art produced in postwar Europe," and all the theatre people I hang out with here know the scene by heart.

Live music videos after the jump.

This is a song from Marie France's Brigitte Bardot project, "Sidonie."

This song is in YouTube without a title that Kathy Padilla emailed me:

And here's her doing a duet with Alain Chamfort, "Rendez-Vous":

Also too, here's the original scene from Le Mépris. The film was an Italian novel and the producers got an artsy director to do it and Brigitte Bardot to play the lead female role. When the producers saw that the film was quite chaste and that they wasted their money getting Bardot when she didn't do any nude scenes (since who'd go to see her act?), they got the director to tack on this prologue. And now it's one of the most famous French film scenes.

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Really, I'd rather see Marie France sing those charming songs than right-wing racist nutjob Bardot.

Here's a great interview with Marie France (seulement en français)


I think she's better looking now than she was in the late 70s! While Bardot looks ... not so hot... too much sun.

Btw, here's what Bardot wrote about gay men in her (very) controversial book, A Scream in Silence:

"In the book, she made comparisons of her close gay friends to today's homosexuals who, "jiggle their bottoms, put their little fingers in the air and with their little castrato voices moan about what those ghastly heteros put them through". She says French politicians are, "weather vanes who turn left or right as the fancy takes them... Not even French prostitutes are what they used to be". She says modern art has become "shit—literally as well as figuratively."[22] Bardot has also called homosexuals "fairground freaks".

She said even worse things about immigrants (especially muslims) to France.

The untitled video is a song called "Parlez-moi d'amour" (speak to me of love), a song from the 1930s.

I wish my singing voice was even close to the quality of hers! Beautiful.

Kathy Padilla | April 10, 2010 8:06 AM

Thanks for sharing that. I had no idea where the song was from.

She's an accomplished artist with a great range - from these charming standards to garage rock. I suspect that her ability to have her talent recognized earlier in her career (and as she matured) says something about France and how they value women in the performing arts. Something we in the US could learn from.

I'd love to see her in concert - perhaps she'll tour here someday.