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Who's the singer on the soundtrack?


At several points in the film we hear non-English music recordings sung by an unidentified female vocalist. I especially like the wistful-sounding tune that's played a couple of times, including during the last scene. Anyone know the song title or the singer?

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This has fascinated me too. I note that imdb once listed on this page the song 'Monsieur Lenoble' as being part of the soundtrack. With a little searching, I discovered that Edith Piaf had sung this song but, on hearing it, it was clearly not the song heard in the film and imdb was correct to subsequently remove this reference (and even its entry on Michael Emer, its author).

However, having recently purchased the 20-CD set of Piaf's complete recordings, I found today on disc 7 the song heard two or three times in the film, which is 'Adieu mon coeur'. However, it is sung differently in the film and is undoubtedly a different recording (though Piaf apparently sang the song in the 1945 film 'Etoile sans lumière'). As 'Adieu mon coeur' appears to have been recorded only once by Piaf, I assume that another vocalist's recording was used in the film - so the investigation continues.

The lyrics, incidentally, are these:

Adieu Mon CoeurAdieu mon coeur
Edith Piaf

Adieu mon coeur
On te jette au malheur
Tu n`auras pas mes yeux
Pour mourir...
Adieu mon coeur
Les échos du bonheur
Font tes chants tristes
Autant qu`un repentir

Autrefois tu respirais le soleil d`or
Tu marchais sur des trésors
On était vagabonds.
On aimait les chansons.
Ç`a fini dans les prisons.

Adieu mon coeur
On te jette au malheur.
Tu n`auras pas mes yeux
Pour mourir...
Adieu mon coeur
Les échos du bonheur
Font tes chants tristes
Autant qu`un repentir...
Un repentir...
Adieu Mon Coeur

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You can find Edith Piaf singing this song (Adieu Mon Coeur) on YouTube (another reader sent me the link and it is easy to find on YouTube) and it is also on one of her CD's. However, how this song during the film has a different feeling to it. I never studied music so I don't know what the differences were - such as a differnt key, etc.), but it is the same song and lyric. Whether or not Piaf was the singer (vs. another French singer) in the movie is another matter. It might have been a popular torch song during that time whereby many other singers covered the song? I happen to prefer the movie version more that the YouTube rendition, but if anyone knows of another version of Adieu Mon Coeur, please let us know!
cheers
David

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According to a quiz on this site her name is Diane Adrian.

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FOR YEARS I HAVE WONDERED about WHO the singer was. LOVE THE SONGS and THE VOICE and apparently someone here has identified her as DIANE ADRIAN and in IMDB she appears at the singer indeed.. Wonderful songs and wonderful voice.... WONDERFUL MOVIE P E R I O D

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This has infuriated me for years too. There are in fact several different French songs used in the film, one of them being Adieu Mon Coeur, but none of them can be found on the Bernard Hermann soundtrack available online. These songs are used as background for Danielle Darrieux's scenes and when James Mason reminisces on the Rio balcony at the end of the film. For instance, in that last scene it starts with a rather happy tune (not sure of the title) then fades to Adieu Mon Coeur. I too have listened to all the Edith Piaf songs I could find, but no luck. I then thought Danielle Darrieux may be the singer, but I was not able to find any of the songs within her considerable work - even though she sang in the same style in the 40s. I can't even find a version of Adieu Mon Coeur she might have sung. Would love to know the names of the songs and confirm the singer, plus to find a way to acquire the recordings digitally. Anybody know?

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