Betty

There’s nothing much that’s original in this post, just some internet blogging repetition. I’m pretty sure both Drew and London Lee (and probably others as well, I’d be surprised if Davy H hadn’t) have blogged about the late 80s French film Betty Blue and it’s beautiful star Beatrice Dalle. And maybe originality is over-rated anyway. Beatrice was the perfect poster-girl for some of us in the late 80s- that dark hair, those deep eyes and full lips, the scant clothing in the film, the life in the beach house, the descent into insanity and assaulting other girls with forks, followed by suicide. She (Betty/Beatrice) was the kind of girl we fancied like mad but were also terrified of. Helpfully an uploader at Youtube has edited some of the more unpleasant parts out and created a seven minute Hommage a Betty, a ‘smooth version without the drama’ although she still burns down the beach house and covers that man’s car with paint.

The soundtrack by Gabriel Yared is a good listen- some of the guitar is a bit too late 80s but it has a very laid back charm. I’ve got the vinyl lp of this- I don’t remember buying it and don’t remember anyone giving it to me either. It has just appeared in my record collection at some point over the years.

37.2 Le Matin

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