Everyone close to me is now thankfully obsessed with Possession, the shamanic and completely unique 1981 horror film about divorce starring Sam Neill and Isabelle Adjani. This is a “holy fucking shit!” kind of film experience which I’ve been waiting to lay on my friend base for ages now; it was written and directed by the incredible, unmistakable Andrzej Zulawski, the Polish filmmaker whose work has unfortunately barely made a dent in the U.S., but enjoys a solidly insane reputation in Europe and elsewhere.

My theater (The Cinefamily) just concluded a full retrospective of Zulawski’s films, and the retro included a week-long run of the brand-new 35mm print of Possession. This was the one film series which we’ve wanted to do since we opened in 2007 — and in March 2012, we finally got our wish.

Since she appeared on the film scene in the ’70s, Adjani has always been viewed as a (ahem!) peculiar personality, and “Pull Marine”, which appeared in 1983, was her lone skewed foray into the world of pop music. Anchored by a titular hit single written by Serge Gainsbourg, the album was a million-seller in France, and is a terrific ride through the Gallic pop funhouse. Adjani’s voice is one that perks up your ears: it’s impassioned, anxiety-laden, and makes you feel like she could deliver a soft punt to your throat at any time. Doesn’t sound punky, or violent — just on the edge of a sublime breakdown.

The music video for “Pull Marine” is an amazing object all its own, filled with bugged-out imagery that looks ripped straight out of a Zulawski film!

Isabelle Adjani – “Pull Marine” LP (ZIP file)

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12 Responses to ISABELLE ADJANI

  1. RobThom says:

    Gosh she was a specimen when she was younger!

    She looks kinda weird now.
    I dont know if its because she’s older or I thought I read somewhere that she got plastic surgery or something.

    But kinda like George Lucas, she might not be so great these days but she was top of the class in her prime!

    BTW: I’m gonna make a beat off of this record!
    I dont care whats on it, I’m gonna make a fuckin beat of of something this insane.

  2. David says:

    You rule. This blog is consistently the best music blog anywhere.

    And I know it must be super irritating for dudes to just drop in and ask for help, but I was wondering if you remember an album you posted a couple years ago. Live record of some dude playing prepared piano – from, I want to say, early or mid 80s? – with another dude twiddling some analog knobs to apply fairly uncomplicated effects to the piano. The first song on the record was called “Firehead” I believe, although Googling that brings up nothing. So maybe it was some other kind of X-head. I loved that album, but somehow retained no memory of who it was or what it was called. My hard drive melted recently, and it’s been driving me crazy that I can’t remember what that record was.

  3. Smoggo says:

    Great record. I thought rob thorn said that he was going to beat off to this record. Which you can totally do. Especially to the track “pull marine.”

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