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Petula Clark – Live At The Paris Olympia


Picture: C+     Sound: B-     Extras: C     Concert: B-



Several Petula Clark concerts have reached DVD by this point, some of which we have covered, but Live At The Paris Olympia was taped September 23rd, 2003 and offers an unusual angle: she speaks and sings much of the concert in French.  This may seem unusual and disorienting at first, but it is a stronger concert than some we have already looked at and a sort of personal comeback artistically, no doubt inspired by her love of France.  The songs are:


1)     I’m Not Afraid

2)     Un Enfant

3)     Look To The Rainbow (from Coppola’s musical film Finian’s Rainbow)

4)     You & I

5)     Que Fais – Tu La Petula?

6)     Don’t Sleep In The Subway

7)     This Is My Song

8)     If I Had You/Just You Just Me

9)     La Chanson De Gainsbourg/Oh Sheriff/La Gadoue

10)  La Nuit N’on Finit Plus (Needles & Pins)

11)  Tell Me It’s Not True (from Blood Brothers)

12)  With One Look (from Sunset Boulevard)

13)  Vivre (from Notre Dame De Paris)

14)  I Know A Place

15)  A Sign Of The Times

16)  Downtown

17)  Here For You

18)  Kiss Me Goodbye

19)  I Couldn’t Live Without Your Love



The playlist is mixed if by no other reason than I do not know what she is singing in French and subtitles really do not always cut it just the same.  Nevertheless, something comes out of her performance here we have not seen in the hours of footage viewed previously.  For that reason alone, you might want to see the concert no matter the language barrier, assuming you do not know French.  There are enough good moments that make this worth a look.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image was shot on tape, likely some kind of digital High Definition, but this is dark throughout and shadows are not resolved as well as one would like.  The Dolby Digital is available in 2.0 Stereo with Pro Logic surrounds and a better 5.1 mix that is decent, though I wondered if DTS would have revealed more.  Too bad we’ll never know.  Extras include a booklet with an essay about Clark by the great lyricist Don Black and a 24 minutes backstage documentary featurette on the DVD itself, making this even more of a collector’s item for fans.  The packaging is nice too.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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