“Histoire De Melody Nelson” – Serge Gainsbourg


In its entirety, here’s the 28 minute long form music video French pop legend Serge Gainsbourg created for his mini-rock opera “Histoire De Melody Nelson” back in 1971. Visually and aurally light years ahead of it time, you can smell the whiskey and cigarette smoke through the screen. And because there’s lots of nude artwork throughout the piece, this is not safe for work. The woman playing Melodie was Ganisbourg’s then-wife Jane Birkin. Gainsbourg and Birkin’s daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg is now a respected actress, who won the 2009 Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her intense role in Lars Von Trier’s “Anti Christ.”