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Les Idoles (1968) French yé-yé Freakbeat | SeMeN SPeRmS SuPeR SiTe
Les Idoles was based on a popular stage play performed by the Center for Theater & Experimentation on Actor Performance founded by Marc'O (aka Marc-Gilbert Guillaumin) who also directed the film version of Les Idoles in 1968. The film's stars were all originally members of Marc'O's avant-garde theater group and in many ways Les Idoles was an accumulation of the work they did together on stage. This psychedelic musical satire serves as both a critique and inadvertently a celebration of French pop music and yé-yé culture in the sixties, which seemed to fuel the revolutionary spirit in French youth while also offering up easy escapism. Les Idoles apparently received a warm reception in France when it debuted in 1968, but for one reason or another the movie was never released in the United States. The film centers around the rise and fall of three pop stars who sing and dance their way through Les Idoles. Pierre Clémenti plays the unruly and rebellious Charly "the Knife" le Surineur