First shown on January 13, 1967 Anna was the first colour broadcast on French television. Directed by Pierre Koralnik, Anna was une comédie musicale showcasing the talents of the ex-Mrs Jean-Luc Godard, Anna Karina.
Also starring the late Jean Claude Brialy, ‘Anna’ is slight tale of an melancholy almost-romance between Brialy’s fashion photographer and Karina’s bespectacled titular character who both work in the same advertising agency. Made very much in the mode of the day, the film fuses the colourful musical numbers of Jacques Demy with the surreal satire of William Klein.
Anna features a quite wonderful soundtrack provided by co-star Serge Gainsbourg with arranger Michel Colombier. Jean-Claude Brialy accurately apes Gainsbourg’s not quite singing/not quite talking delivery. Indeed a number of the tracks here sound like prototypes for the male/female call-and-response numbers on Melody Nelson.
The movie was produced by singer Michèle Arnaud, for whom Gainsbourg had composed many songs for in the past.
Marianna Faithfull flirting with Brialy, Serge Gainsbourg getting on Anna Karina's nerves, crazy casting. but appart from that, it is a bit rickety, Great music though !