Monday, 10 August 2015
Magali Noël - Le Rififi
I'd never heard of Magali Noël until her death was reported on an excellent weekly obituaries podcast (yes really, Radio 4 The Last Word). She sounded interesting, so I investigated. I'm glad I did...
This is from the 1955 French Noir film Les Rififi Chez Les Hommes. (it says 1959 on the YouTubed clip above, but elsewhere it says 1955, and I think that's correct). Rififi is French for fighting or brawling.
Noël also recorded a song about masochistic tendencies call Fais-moi mal, Johnny ("Hurt me Johnny"), that was banned for its lyrical content. This is a translation of one verse, from the original French, I found online...
His little shirt back on
His li'l suit, his li'l shoes
Went down the stairs
Leaving me with a dislocated shoulder.
For thugs this type, it ain't worth the expense
Now my bums are all bruised
Never again shall I request
Hurt me hurt me Johnny...
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