Jane Birkin and Joe D'Alessandro revisited their iconic roles as Johnny and Krassky in Je t'aime...moi non plus last week. The provocative French drama was met with both praise and disapproval when it was first released in 1976; the film (directed by Birkin's then-husband Serge Gainsbourg) follows a gay man (D'Alessandro) as he has an affair with a young woman with boyish features (Birkin). At a Q&A at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the co-stars discussed what it was like taking on those roles and pushing the traditional boundaries of film.
"In France it was a terrible scandal," Birkin said about reactions to the film when it premiered, noting there were "some very nasty, very right-wing reviews."
"But it was such fun!" she added later, reminiscing about the eight-week filming process. D'Alessandro agreed, saying of the script, "I loved it from the beginning. I thought it was a great thing." To him, working with both Birkin and Gainsbourg was all the more inspiring. "The wonderful thing to do a film with a married couple like Serge and Jane, you fall in love with them before you do the film," he said.
Birkin, however, admitted to sometimes being uncomfortable filming intimate scenes in front of her husband and the crew. "I was covered with Scotch tape, I didn't want anyone to see anything unpleasant," she said with a laugh.
In the end, the movie was just as memorable to the actors as it was to audiences. Birkin said,"I just thought the whole film was Shakespearean and perfectly wonderful."
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