Thursday, February 01, 2007

New: Edith Piaf Fragrance and Film...

Photo of Edith PiafIn my mind, Edith Piaf's hauntingly beautiful voice epitomizes the mystery and magic of all that is French. I love listening to my Éternelle cd and I invariably get misty-eyed when she sings her most well-known song, La Vie en Rose. So I was thrilled to learn that 1) a new movie about her life is being released this month; and 2) Balmain has created a new perfume to celebrate the opening of this film.

Here is a clip of Edith singing this song on

La Vie en Rose is a biopic film starring Marion Cotillard and co-starring Gerard Depardieu, Sylvie Testud and Emmanuelle Seigner. The film is directed by french filmmaker Olivier Dahan and will premiere at the 57th Berlin Film Festival later this month.

In the U.S., the film will be called, La Môme, which refers to Piaf's nickname, La Môme Piaf, The Sparrow Kid. She was quite a petite woman, only 4 feet, 8 inches tall (142 cm), and she took on the name Piaf (sparrow) as her stage name (from wikipedia). The film is slated for a 2007 release in the U.S., with no opening date set yet.
Here is a clip from the new movie.

The new fragrance by Balmain is also named La Môme. It is a floral-oriental scent containing:

  • Top notes: May Rose, Freesia and Pink Bay;

  • Heart notes: Damask Rose, Violet, Raspberry and Myrrh;

  • Base notes: Iris, musk, amber and opoponax

photo of La MomeIt will be available exclusively at Marionnaud parfumeries. Cost: 41.40 euros/50 ml eau de parfum; 59.20 euros/100 ml eau de parfum.


chaya ruchama said...

Ohhhh, Christine-

I WANT it SO badly !
I love to sing all her songs.
Did you know that she, and Jean Cocteau died within hours of one another?

[I'm de-lurking , BTW.- Hello !]

Anonymous said...

C'est magnifique! Thanks for the great links to the movie trailer and to the video of the one and only Edith Piaf - - - a perfume named after her has quite a reputation to live up to.


christine said...

Hi chaya ruchama,

Yes, it's definitely one to seek out...

I was unaware that Edith and Jean died at such a close interval. Thanks for writing and for sharing!


christine said...

Hi, KWR!

You're very welcome!

And I agree -- it must be a truly outstanding fragrance to do justice to her memory...

Good to hear from you!


eyesofsunshine said...

The movie poster for La Vie en Rose looks just like Bette Midler in One For the Boys! I'm guessing they sound a bit different though huh?