29 Dec 2016

Anna (France, 1967)

Anna (France, 1967). Director: Pierre Koralnik. Starring: Anna Karina, Serge Gainsbourg, Jean-Claude Brialy, Marianne Faithfull...

It’s a Gainsbourg/Gottlieb special! Anna was a crazy musical comedy shot on 35mm color film but for TV. Gainsbourg was a friend of Koralnik’s and wrote some music for it, as well as acted in it. Of course it’s mostly about Anna Karina, and well, what more do you need?

I found some interesting background info on it in this blog post.

In a scene where Gainsbourg is hanging out with Brialy and singing, he leans on a Paradise (Gottlieb, 1965)... 

During that scene, the angle changes and we can spot a bit of a Bank-A-Ball (Gottlieb, 1965)  as well...

I found this photo by Paul Almásy of Gainsbourg playing the above-mentioned Paradise machine, no doubt during a break from shooting. I don’t know who the other person is (but it’s bad form to block a player’s view like that :-)...
Serge Gainsbourg playing pinball, photo by Paul Almásy.


In the office where Anna works, there is some pinball-themed art with neon tubes hanging on the walls, artist unknown...




Bonus Serge Gainsbourg pinball photos:
Gainsbourg and an Aloha (Gottlieb, 1961). Photo by Roger Kasparian, 1963 (also seems to exist in color, but I couldn’t find a decent-sized one)...
Serge Gainsbourg & pinball machine, photo by Roger Kasparian, 1963.

Gainsbourg playing a Tropic Isle (Gottlieb, 1962) with his daughter Charlotte (8), and Jane Birkin’s daughter Kate (12). Photo by Tony Frank, 1979...
Serge Gainsbourg playing pinball, photo by Tony Frank, 1979.

Yup, looks like Gainsbourg was no stranger to pinball, and they are all Gottlieb machines.

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