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Source:  The Hollywood Reporter

An alternative reading of French rock history is given in “Oh les filles” (“Haut les filles”), from French journalist-turned-director Francois Armanet, and as the title suggests, it tells the story from a female point-of-view.

The non-fiction feature posits that rock-and-roll history did not start with Elvis Presley in the early 1950s but with Edith Piaf’s heart-rending rendition of Hymne a l’Amour in late 1949, on the day her lover, middleweight boxing champion Marcel Cerdan, died in a plane crash.

It’s an audacious alternative that launches this documentary portrait of ten female singers active from then until now, with names interviewed including chanteuse and style icon Francoise Hardy, avant-garde music icon Brigitte Fontaine, and actress-singers Charlotte Gainsbourg and Vanessa Paradis.

“Oh les filles” (“Haut les filles”) recently screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

Read the story at The Hollywood Reporter.

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