Being Serge Gainsbourg

Joann Sfar probes the Jewish identity of the French singer-songwriter-actor-provocateur, animatedly so.
08/22/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

It’s entirely appropriate that Joann Sfar’s first two feature films, “Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life” (which opens on Aug. 31) and “The Rabbi’s Cat” are all or partly animated.

Judging by his demeanor in a Midtown hotel last week, Sfar is very animated himself. From the moment he enters the room, he is bubbling with good humor and bonhomie, engaging with a photographer (“You have to make me look handsome, you know”), and just plain happy to be present.

French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg, the subject of Joann Sfar's latest film, had a successful career despite a less-then-
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