Sunday, October 16, 2011

Piaf by Cotillard: An Insight into Deep Learning

16 October 2011

I have just finished a run-through of "La Vie En Rose," the filmed biographical portrayal of Edith Piaf, as performed by Marion Cotillard.

In brief, Ms. Piaf's short life was not at all a happy one, though it was long on adventure, discovery, improbable twists and creativity.

The French love this film, which despite being created in the French Language, saw Ms. Cotillard win the 2007 Best Actress Academy Award for her performance. (She bested Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth, among others.)

My comment here is brief. What fascinated me is how Ms. Cotillard studied for her leading role in the film. She spent many hours reviewing historical information and documentary footage concerning Ms. Piaf.

However, she emphasizes that she never attempted to imitate Ms. Piaf's voice, gestures or mannerisms. Rather, she immersed herself in understanding who Ms. Piaf was....

The consequence? Critic after critic remarked that she had captured the very spirit of Edith Piaf.

The immediate lesson? Comprehension trumps imitation.

Once having seen it, you will not be able to forget this film. It burrows into deep places, and thus lingers afterwards.

The broader life lesson?

Don't plan a life based on "what" or "how" you want your life to be. Focus on who you want to be. The rest will follow.

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