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'Oh les filles!' ('Haut les filles'!): Film Review

'Oh les filles!' ('Haut les filles'!): Film Review

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 privileges 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, the boxer 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 ...

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