Tuesday, October 15, 2013

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Anna Karina

Artist:Anna Karina
Song:Roller Girl
Album:Best of Pop a Paris: Psyche-Rock et Minijupes

Danish born actress Anna Karina moved to France in the late 50s and became famous for her marriage to legendary film director Jean-Luc Godard and appearing in his films. But she also had success singing with legendary French badboy Serge Gainsbourg in the late 60s. Roller Girl is one of the songs she recorded in 1967. She was born Hanne Karin Bayer Sept. 22, 1940 in Solbjerg, Denmark. She bounced between her parents, grandparents and foster care and started singing in clubs as a teen. After an argument with her mother, she hitchhiked to Paris in 1958. She lived on the streets for a while. But a photographer spotted her and brought her to Pierre Cardin and Coco Chanel. Chanel hired her to model and gave her the name Anna Karina. Jean-Luc Godard saw her in a Palmolive ad. She was in a bathtub covered in suds. He offered her a role in his debut film Breathless but Anna refused to appear nude. He didn't realize she was wearing a bathing suit under the suds. Anna did appear in Godard's 1960 film Le Petit Soldat and they married while shooting the 1961 film A Woman Is A Woman. Their relationship was rocky and they divorced in 1965 though she continued to appear in his films. Anna also appeared in Jacques Rivette's 1966 film The Nun and Luchino Visconti's 1967 film The Stranger. It was around this time she met Serge Gainsbourg and he wrote the 1967 film Anna for her. The film was directed by Pierre Koralnik and also starred Gainsbourg, Jean-Claude Brialy and Marianne Faithful. Anna performed Roller Girl in the film. The film aired on French TV and Roller Girl was a big hit. You can get it on this 2CD budget CD Best of Pop a Paris from the series released by Universal France. After that, Anna returned to films. She didn't record again until 2005. Anna Karina has had a long film career in France. It looks like she could have done more with music if she chose to do so. Here's Anna Karina performing Roller Girl in the 1967 film Anna.
Anna Karina - Rollergirl from Georg Best on Myspace.

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