The world's most popular entertainer and Europe's greatest boxer: the film puts the love affair of these two national heroes against a backdrop of the end of World War II, hotel suites in New York, transatlantic plane flights, Cerdan's loss of the world middleweight title to Jake Lamotta, and Piaf's gift for tragic love songs.
Did You Know?
In 1960, when shooting his first movie in Paris, as a car was in the way, Lelouch wanted to ask the driver to move it a few meters further. The only person in the car was Edith Piaf, in the backseat, waiting for her driver. As he was a great admirer of both Marcel Cerdan and Edith Piaf, she took a few minutes to tell him how she and Marcel Cerdan met. Edith Piaf then told Lelouch that if he was a movie director, that story would be a gift from her. And he shot Edith and Marcel. See more
The video version released by Connoisseur Video (under the Cinematheque Collection banner) runs 140 minutes. The full-length French version runs 170 minutes. See more
Music by Marguerite Monnot
Lyrics by Henri Contet
Performed by Édith Piaf See more