Synopsis by Nathan Southern
Initially released in 1977, director Michel Dumoulin's feature-length documentary Dalida: Pour Tojours provides an intimate glimpse of the tragic Dalida. The late, Egyptian-born cabaret/music hall queen established herself as a vocal superstar in France during the late 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, and became the only performer in French history to earn a diamond record, but endured the suicides of two lovers and spent many years searching in vain for inner fulfillment, before she herself finally committed suicide via overdose in 1987. Dumoulin followed Dalida with his cameras from day to day over the course of three years in the late seventies, and thus created the only inside glimpse of this woman's private world that has ever been captured on film. His intention was to journey beyond the façade of a vocal icon and study, cinematically, the woman beneath the public image. Her decision to put an end to her life thus makes Dumoulin's film that much more poignant.