Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Samba Saravah

I was thrilled this morning to come upon a video of Pierre Barouh and Stacey Kent singing Samba Saravah together. You may remember the latest Stacey Kent cd I wrote about in which I mentioned how happy I was that she did this song, made famous in the movie, A Man and A Woman. In case you don't want to bother going back to the review, I said that I'm a sucker for French songs and singers, and that it doesn't matter much if I know the words. I get the feeling of a song and that is what's important to me. I love French and really believe it is the language of love and romance. Take the word, perhaps. Is anything more mundane sounding? But peut-etre - ah, that sounds like something! Not boring old perhaps, but a word full of possibility. I know, I'm a hopeless romantic.

Anyhow, if you've seen A Man and A Woman, you'll remember the scene:

and now we have Pierre Barouh all these years later, and still very handsome I might add, singing with Stacey Kent. You can see how absolutely thrilled she is to be singing this wonderful song with the man who brought it to our attention all those years ago.


  1. Very jazzy! I saw the movie a couple of years ago and still can't make up my mind about whether I loved or hated it. It was a conundrum; interesting and dull at the same time.

  2. I think *when* one sees it may influence what one thinks of it. When I saw it, I was a young girl and I thought it modern and wonderful. But even then, the dull part to me is Jean-Louis T. - both the actor and the character. But frankly, who could compete with Pierre B. even if he was dead? :<) That one scene makes the movie for me - the one in the video. I think it is the best love sequence ever. It speaks volumes about that couple as they go about their lives and he sings his samba song. I do love other parts too - the kids on the beach, and 'coca cola.' And I'm a fan of the photography. So, I guess I'd say I love it. Probably one of my top ten movies ever. Thanks for coming by.

  3. I loved that film, still do. I was enchanted by it when i first saw it, lovely photography, Anouk Aimee, so gorgeous and sophisticated, and as you say so, so romantic.
    I still have the L.P. (vinyl!) Nice to be reminded of it, thank you.


  4. I am SO GLAD you have The Little Bookroom! We once went to bed reading that out loud THEN my kids came in
    my bed in the morning for more!


  5. That took me right back. I saw it in London – I was very young and very much in love for the first time.
    I love the film for many of the reasons you put in comment.

    Wonderful memories - thank you!

  6. Forgot to say I love the new layout.

  7. Carole and Paula, it makes me so happy that you both saw the film when you were young and still have fond memories. I taped the movie from television years ago, and have often thought of buying the dvd, but it's strange. On the tape, the words to Samba Saravah are shown in English translation but not on the dvd. I love reading those words while he's singing so I've not made the switch.

    Thanks, Paula about the layout. I am so very pleased I made the switch. It suits me much better- like rearranging a room in the house. :<)

    Bonnie, that's such a nice story and memory! I bought mine at a booksale for 50¢. I love the introduction where she talks about the 'little bookroom,' and all the other rooms full of books in her childhood home. I hope there are still homes like that and still little ones reading all the time.

  8. I had a bunch of med tests today and one of the technicians played French music in the back, oddly calming and yet so layered.
    Here is my invitation to wander over to Anderbo.com and check out my just added poetry - trying to get the word out...this poetry biz is a rough gig publicity wise :)
    Thanks, Nan.

  9. Oh Nan! What a lovely few minutes I spent with this post listening to one of my favorite songs from a movie I adore! My husband and I bought the DVD a few years ago, and it's such a pleasure to watch it every once in awhile. It's absolutely timeless, and as lovely as the first time I saw it way back when. Beautiful music to listen to...Thanks.

  10. Have to add two things! Is it me or does she look a little bit like the actress from Sex and the City?
    Also - that movie, A Man and A Woman, has a funny history - There was a party gone wrong 28 years ago where a friend and I were housesitting her parent's place. Too many people came and rowdiness had ensued, friend left me "in charge" and in a panic, I put on this record I found (in lieu of the rock n' roll), to announce party over - this handsome party goer helped me call taxi cabs and jolly people out. A really nice guy. The ending? That theme to the movie makes me think of my now husband :)

  11. I haven't seen the film, and don't know the song, but I really can see why you like them.

  12. Susan, I've been over to the poetry page, and I'll spend more time there. I'll comment on your blog when I've read the poems more thoroughly. Thank you for your great soundtrack story.

    Robin, I'm so pleased you like it, too.

    Martin, I wonder if your wife knows the movie?

  13. Nan, I have to say my wife denies all knowledge of the film and is (unlike me) not really a fan of this kind of music! But even after all these years, I continue to inflict my cds upon her!

  14. Thanks for writing back, Martin. I think I could live on bossa nova music. :<) This is the only song like that in the movie/soundtrack though.


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