After a teaser posted a few weeks ago, Netflix offers us the trailer for “Johnny by Johnny”, the docuseries dedicated to Johnny Hallyday.
Johnny Hallyday arrives on Netflix
Johnny Hallyday was one of the most popular singers in France. A true rock icon who has managed to touch several generations. If he becomes a “youth idol” from the 1960s, the public followed him over the decades. And even if it experienced a loss of momentum in the 1980s, it exploded again in the 1990s with monumental concerts in stadiums, at the Parc des Princes or at the Stade de France. We also remember his crazy arrivals by helicopter at the Stade de France in 1998, or again in 1993, when he crosses all the crowd of the Parc des Princes before going on stage.
Clearly, Johnny Hallyday was a superstar who offered American-style shows and sang countless songs that entered French popular culture. No wonder to see a giant like Netflix take an interest in him for a docuseries. Title Johnny by Johnnythis one is revealed with a trailer (in one article).
A classic formula for documentaries?
Johnny by Johnny should not play the card of originality. As you might expect, the documentary should above all show archival footage and interviews with Johnny Hallyday. We will see the singer at different times in his life. The idea of a series rather than a film is relevant at this level given the many years to go. In addition, we will see the artist’s successes as much as his dark side and his moments of doubt.
There is no doubt that in France the documentary will find its audience. With us, the singer’s fans are still numerous. On the other hand, abroad (outside French-speaking countries), its popularity was not as strong. “Johnny Hallyday is a complete stranger in the United States” could we read in an article by France 24 in 2009, or ” rock icon limited to one country ” in the Guardian from 2017, quoted by Point. It will be interesting to see if thanks to Netflix and the worldwide distribution of the documentary, Johnny will gain new fans, more than four after his death on December 5, 2017. The answer is from March 29 on Netflix.