Iggy, the gift iguana

The mythical group The Stooges and its indomitable leader Iggy Pop take the stage of France 4 and Culturebox by storm, on Wednesday April 20 from 21.10. An unmissable invitation, whether we know nothing about them or whether we love them, with Jim Jarmusch’s documentary film “Gimme Danger”, followed by their last concert in France at Rock en Seine. Happy birthday, Iggy!

“Gimme Danger”, a documentary film by Jim Jarmusch. ©Tom Copi-Le Pacte

Iggy Pop was last seen being dragged offstage by his manager and a bodyguard after a concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival 2018. This is what one of rock’s grandfathers looks like ! On April 21, he will celebrate his 75th birthday and France 4 and Culturebox wish him a very happy birthday with this evening dedicated to him.

“Gimme Danger”
The absolute icon of protopunk rock Iggy Pop and his band The Stooges forever breathe the DNA of rock and especially punk attitude into the chords of the guitars and the backbeats of the drums. For director Jim Jarmusch, a music lover, to miss the opportunity to capture this quintessence would have been an unforgivable crime of rock’n roll treason. And who else but him to transcribe it so perfectly? It is a love letter addressed to the group which will undoubtedly remain one of the most important in the history of rock. Through his archive images and unpublished photos, he deciphers his history, his influences and his posterity. Like the Stooges and their music, Gimme Danger is delirious, crazy, moving, funny, simple, sophisticated… and raw. Gimme Danger transmits the energy of the group and of the movement that carries it. In order to succeed in this challenge, Jim Jarmusch uses different formats, goes from black and white to color, from small animated sequences to tinkered 16 mm. In short, he brings life back to that time when guys like Iggy Pop dynamited the wise and conformist society of the 1950s and 1960s. Pioneer and mythical, the Iguana is represented as it is, stainless and punk forever!

Behind the camera, a musician
The director with multiple film awards is above all a musician. Guitarist of the Del-Byzanteens and today of Sqürl, Jarmusch is already composing the soundtrack of his student short film (Permanent Vacation, 1980) with John Lurie, who we find in one of the main roles. The first feature film of the little guy from Ohio, Stranger Than Paradise, is an anthem to American rock. In this cult film, a young Hungarian squats at her cousin’s house while listening to the barking of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins on repeat on I Put a Spell On You… Not to mention that John Lurie, saxophonist of the Lounge Lizards, is still in the cast.
In parallel with his cinematographic projects, the director has shot numerous clips, notably for Talking Heads, Big Audio Dynamite and Tom Waits, to whom he will entrust numerous roles in his films (from Down by Law to The Dead Don’t Die) or soundtracks like that of A Night on Earth. This collaboration becomes over the years an unwavering friendship. Among his many films, Mystery Train remains the one whose theme is openly music, with this somewhat mocking tribute to the icon “Elvis Presley”, and which invites Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Rufus Thomas, Joe Strummer (The Clash) and of course Tom Waits to reshape the face of American rock.
But the discolored music lover always pushes his love song louder, until the apotheosis with dead man (1995). In this black and white western, Neil Young’s hypnotic Gibson (recorded while simultaneously viewing the film) connects in a few notes the power of William Blake’s verses to the rock contained in its strings. Always present, Tom Waits, and appears for the first time the unclassifiable Iggy Pop in a small role.
A year later, Jim Jarmusch pays tribute to his friend Neil Young by devoting a documentary to him: The Year of the Horse. The director has always continued to surround himself with musicians for his films, in addition to those mentioned above, he meets Richard Edson (Sonic Youth), RZA, Jack White, Yasmine, Jozef van Wissem, etc. In Jarmush’s world all artistic boundaries are abolished, the image is music, the note is film and poetry infuses everything.

Music is for me the purest art form.

Jim Jarmusch on Fip

Jim Jarmusch awarded at Cannes
Only Lovers Left Aliveawarded for its soundtrack at Cannes, 2013
Broken Flowers, Grand Jury Prize, 2005
Coffee and Cigarettes, Palme d’or du court, 1993
Mystery Trainaward for best artistic contribution, 1989
Stranger Than ParadiseGolden Camera, 1984

Gimme Danger

Jim Jarmusch’s film retraces the epic of the Stooges, one of the greatest rock bands of all time. This documentary presents the context in which the Stooges emerged musically, culturally, politically, historically and retraces their adventures and misadventures by showing their inspirations and the reasons for their first business challenges, until their arrival in the Rock Hall of Fame.

Documentary (108 min – 2016) – Direction Jim Jarmusch – Distribution The pact

Iggy Pop at Rock en Seine 2016

Who said that at almost 70 you could no longer ignite the crowd by dancing bare-chested? In 2016, the Iggy Pop concert brought the annual live music event at the Domaine de Saint-Cloud to a climax. Hoarse voice and swaying magnetic, the Iguana has lost none of its superb and offers a memorable performance, which opens with the legendary title I Wanna Be Your Dogappearing on the first Stooges album recorded in… 1969!

Concert (75 mins) – Production Sombrero and Co

Gimme Danger is broadcast on Wednesday 20 April at 9.10 p.m., followed at 11.00 p.m. by the concert Iggy at Rock en Seine2016 on France 4 and Culturebox

To see and review on france.tv

Posted on April 15, 2022

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Iggy, the gift iguana