Dir. Philippe Puicouyoul, 1981. Digital presentation. 55 minutes. $8 21+
The story of a pretty punk chick who seduces and bullies a square business man into making her a rock star, La Brune Et Moi is 55 minutes of 16mm that plays like a 33 of the French punk underground: Ici Paris, Marquis de Sade, Edith Nylon, Les Privés, Go-Go Pigalles, The Questions, Astroflash, les Dogs— with versions of their songs recorded exclusively for the film. As vital, stylish, raw, and awful as you’d expect from any self-respecting punk cinema, La Brune Et Moi captures a fleeting highpoint in French punk, with a dismal reception for its 1980 debut and most of its acts and actors disappearing, disbanding, or dying shortly after the film’s appearance. Anouschka, its starring scene-queen, vanished without a trace and Pierre Clementi, its other star (as well as Catherine Deneuve’s lover in Belle de Jour), died shortly after. The film maudit was long forgotten until its resurrection in 2005 by rock-archivists Rockenscope, then screened to sold-out, dumbfounded crowds at the Parisian underground space Les Voutes. Now, La Collectionneuse brings this zero-budget anti-classic to Los Angeles, this November 22nd at Zebulon, with live music by Hit Bargain, a dance party DJed by Jimi Hey and Fifi LaRoux, and visuals by Tom Fitzgerald.
+ Hit Bargain (live)
+ Dance party with DJ FIfi La Roux and Jimi Hey
+ Visuals by Tom Fitzgerald