La Vie En Rose

Recently The Times newspaper in association with iTunes has been offering films for download. one of the latest is the 2007 Film “La Vie En Rose”. Directed by Olivier Dahan it stars Marion Cotillard as EDITH PIAF andlooks at the life of “The Little Sparrow”. The film also stars Sylvie Testud and Pascal Gregory

The film looks at Edith’s unconventional upbringing – Her mother was an alcoholic street singer, her father a circus performer, her paternal grandmother a madam, and how she was discovered At the age of 20, working as a street singer, by a club owner, then coached by a musician who brings her to concert halls, where she quickly becomes famous.

The film also looks at her constant battle with Alcohol, and the tragedies and heartaches which befell her – her love affair with Marcel Cerdan and the death of her only child, tragedies which belie the words of one of her most famous songs  “Non, je ne regrette rien.”

Man on Wire (2008)

Recently The Times newspaper in association with iTunes also offered the 2008 film Man on Wire”

Direceted by James Marsh this film is about a French wire walker, juggler, and street performer named Philippe Petit who spent a daring 45 minutes walking, dancing, kneeling, and lying on a wire between the rooftops of the Twin Towers in August 1974.

Using contemporary interviews, archival footage, and recreations the film also tells the story of his previous walks between towers of Notre Dame and of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and also looks at his passions and friendships, and the amount of effort and organisation which went into his daring exploits and the profound changes the walk’s success brought to Philippe and those closest to him.