Danse Party

Pascale Petit was a French actress, making her film debut in 1957. Two years later she starred in Julie la Rousse and such was her popularity that Philips in France decided to hang this dance album on her image, using her stage name in the title and a still from a publicity shoot as the cover photo, though I can find no reference to her in this get up in the movie. It’s a very dramatic effect using the stark black background, I’m not sure how they would have achieved this with studio lighting. A bit of a Brigit Bardot pose too, though the twig of lilac looks a bit strange. There are no photographer credits.
Music wise it’s easy listening Latin rhythms covering “Les best sellers du jour.” The back is plain with lots of text and titles and some small thumbnails of other albums by the various artists on this collection. The films theme music seems to have been spun off as a single, and this rather nice promotional brochure for it was produced to publicise it, though the 45 cover is very dull.

About simon robinson

Having worked as a graphic designer in the music industry, mainly in the reissue sector, I now concentrate on the design and publication of books about popular culture - and even write some of them.
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