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Piaf: Her Story, Her Songs (2003)

French jazz singer Raquel Bitton is internationally praised as the greatest interpreter of music from the Edith Piaf repertoire. Bitton's critically acclaimed hit show, Piaf: Her Story...... See full summary »

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Raquel Bitton ...
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Jacqueline Boyer ...
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Marcel Cerdan Jr. ...
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Monique Chauvigny ...
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Rene Chevalier ...
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Doris Contet ...
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Simone Langlois ...
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French jazz singer Raquel Bitton is internationally praised as the greatest interpreter of music from the Edith Piaf repertoire. Bitton's critically acclaimed hit show, Piaf: Her Story...Her Songs, celebrates Piaf's extraordinary life through stories and songs that reflect the major episodes in her life from singing in the streets of Paris as a child to becoming the highest paid singer in the world at that time. Bitton's heartfelt renditions (sung in French) and her powerful delivery takes her audience on an intensely moving and emotional journey. Woven into the live concert is a luncheon where noted composers, authors, friends and family of Edith Piaf came together at a small bistro at the foot of Pere la Chaise, the cemetery where she is buried, to share intimate personal stories offering a rare look into the true life and persona of Edith Piaf. As the wine poured, the stories flowed. The film includes a new original song by two of Piaf's favorite composers, Francis Lai and Michel ... Written by Elder, George A.

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Superb and fantastic Piaf Her story her songs
2 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

PIAF: HER STORY, HER SONGS Tears flowed down my eyes through at least half of Piaf: Her Story, Her Songs, a documentary about the famous French chanteuse. Not that it is a particularly sad film. It's just that Edith Piaf's life, expressed mostly in her songs, is full of the passion that stirs all kinds of emotions. French singer Raquel Bitton feels an equal passion for Piaf. Bitton's show of the same name as the film was critically acclaimed internationally. More than just singing Piaf's songs, though she emulates her style and voice, Bitton becomes a storyteller, weaving that inseparable tapestry of Piaf's songs with her life. Bitton casts a moving figure in her little black dress and short hair.

"Piaf..Her story..Her songs" is an astonishing triumph. Bitton's voice is powerful and emotional. The presentation is exquisite. BITTON is superb in sight and song. I could listen to her combined English/French renditions for hours, not minutes. Her intensity and authenticity are utterly overwhelming. She loves to sing, she loves the songs she has selected and loves the crowd that shares her delight in the songs she does so brilliantly. One wishes along the way to come up for air, to shout and clap and whistle in tribute to the glorious music and to the captivating BITTON." And to see on film those people that had known Piaf,been her lovers,composers,friends talk about her over food and wine was a tour de force. This is truly one of a kind film,never to be duplicated,it beats having an actress portray Piaf and lip-synch to her original recordings. Raquel Bitton is quite extraordinary,she channels Piaf vocally and spiritually like no one will ever achieve.


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