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PIAF ...HER STORY… HER SONGS (article first published : 2004-07-25)

Piaf ...Her story.Her songs is a sumptuously filmed concert-documentary which captures performer Raquel Bitton in her internationally acclaimed tribute to the legendary French singer Edith Piaf. Recognized as the leading interpreter of Piaf's repertoire, Bitton performs several of her most famous songs accompanied by a 20-piece orchestra.

For this film, Bitton chose 20 songs that reflect every major episode of Piaf's life from being abandoned by her mother at birth, raised in her grandmother's bordello to being being homeless most of her teen years.

This feature length docu-concert uniquely portrays the Piaf persona and captures the heart of the Piaf phenomenon. The essence of Edith Piaf, which lives on after her death, exists in the profound way she touched people's hearts and stirred emotions in her audience through the passionate delivery of her songs.

Woven into the live concert is a luncheon hosted by Raquel Bitton in a small Bistro in Paris, at the foot of pere la Chaise cemetery where Piaf is buried. Many of Piaf's composers, friends and family members share their memories of the Little Sparrow, who died tragically 40years ago. Bitton's powerful songstylings and passionate storytelling take us on a moving emotional journey through a great artist's tempestuous life.

More information at www.piafherstoryhersongs.com




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