French film star Lambert Wilson will give two concerts on the stage of the Olympia on Jan. 29 and 30. In his show called Demons et Merveilles, Wilson will sing a collection of songs from French films from the 30's to the 60's. A few of them have become international hits, such as Charles Trenet's "I Wish You Love" ("Que reste-t-il de nos amours ?").
Lambert Wilson has worked with famous film directors such as James Ivory, Peter Greenaway, Carlos Saura, Andrzej Wajda and Luigi Comencini. More recently, Wilson has been seen in Alain Resnais' On connait la chanson. The concept of this film was inspired by Dennis Potter's idea for Pennies from Heaven, to have actors lip-synching on famous pre-existing songs. Director Alain Resnais is not a stranger to the musical world since he worked with Stephen Sondheim (who composed the music of his Stavisky), Elaine Stritch (who starred in his Providence) and Adolph Green (who starred in his I Want To Go Home).
Lambert Wilson has always been a musical theatre lover. On his 1989 album called "Musicals" conducted by John McGlinn, Wilson sang a selection of showtunes from Sondheim to Schonberg, from Loesser to Porter. In 1996, Wilson starred as Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm in the London's National Theatre production of Sondheim's A Little Night Music directed by Sean Mathias, opposite Judi Dench, Laurence Guittard and Sian Phillips.
Demons et Merveilles will have musical direction and arrangements by Bruno Fontaine whose previous works include musical direction for Julia Migenes and Wilhelmenia Fernandez. Fontaine also made the musical arrangements on Ute Lemper's "City of Strangers" CD on which the German chanteuse sings a selection of songs by Sondheim and Prevert.
For tickets and information on Demons et Merveilles at l'Olympia, call 331 47 42 25 49. Jan. 29 & 30. -- By Stephane Ly-Cuong