japonisme: au clair de la lune

02 June 2009

au clair de la lune

- 1 -
Au clair de la lune
Mon ami Pierrot
Prête-moi ta plume
Pour écrire un mot
Ma chandelle est morte
Je n'ai plus de feu
Ouvre-moi ta porte
Pour l'amour de Dieu.

- 2 -
Au clair de la lune
Pierrot répondit
Je n'ai pas de plume
Je suis dans mon lit
Va chez la voisine
Je crois qu'elle y est
Car dans sa cuisine
On bat le briquet.

- 3 -
Au clair de la lune
L'aimable Lisa
Frappe chez la brune
Elle répond soudain
Qui frappe de la sorte?
Il dit à son tour
Ouvrez votre porte
Pour le Dieu d'amour.

- 4 -
Au clair
de la lune
On n'y voit
qu'un peu
On cherche
la plume
On cherche
du feu
En cherchant d'la sorte
Je n'sais c'qu'on trouva
Mais je sais qu' la porte
Sur eux se ferma.

Chanson enfantine du XVIIIe siècle
Interprète: Yvonne Printemps (1931)

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Blogger Neil said...

Les Enfants du Paradis - my favourite film (except for maybe Billy Wilder's The Apartment, there is some longterm internal debate about that). It was made into a really tedious stage play in the 90s, which you should be glad you missed. But the film - every frame is magical.

02 June, 2009 15:10  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

oh that's wonderful, neil--thanks for letting me know.

i love the ending, with him following her through the parade, but on its own there's no context.

this clip didn't need one.

but the apartment??!!! ;^)

02 June, 2009 15:27  
Blogger Neil said...

Do you mean you've never seen The Apartment, Lily, or that you can't believe I like it? I can't tell. I think it a great film, with wonderful performances by Jack Lemmon and Shirley Maclaine. Assuming you haven't seen it, there's a wonderful moment when he notices that the mirror in her compact is broken. She says," I like it like that. It makes me look the way I feel. " Or something like that, I haven't actually watched it for years...

03 June, 2009 14:12  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

i've seen it -- i just was surprised by the juxtaposition. i mean, c of p is such an amazingly grand movie, while the apt, well, isn't.

otoh -- it's been years, decades, for me too. maybe time for a re-evaluation.

meanwhile, i meant to say yesterday how interested to figure out, at this late date, how much c of p followed a very classic storyline. i had never encountered the story of pierrot and columbine before, and only figured it all out because i realized how many very similar images i had collected (above), and went to learn about them.

then click click click it all started falling into place.

03 June, 2009 14:40  
Anonymous Liza said...

Children Of Paradise is my fave,too. I'm intermittently obsessed with pierrot and his history. It was the Nadar photos that got me started. Here's a link about the connection of the photographer Nadar with Pierrot and C 0f P.


06 June, 2009 09:12  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

thanks for that, liza! though it's when the movie's set, it's hard to really grasp that that photo was taken so early. i believe it, but somehow my eyes do not.

06 June, 2009 16:59  

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