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The World of Jacques Demy

4.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Agnès Varda's (Vagabond, One Hundred and One Nights) third tribute to her late husband, Jacques Demy, is a loving look at his brilliant vision and techniques. Included are clips from Demy's films featuring Lola, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and Bay of Angels along with interviews of those who worked with him and knew him best including Catherine Deneuve, Anouk Aimée, Michel Piccoli, Harrison Ford, composer Michel Legrand, Demy's children and fans. The film also includes rare home video footage of the director with François Truffaut and Jim Morrison.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Anouk Aimée, Richard Berry, Caroline Bongrand, Nino Castelnuovo, Michel Colombier
  • Format: Black & White, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fox Lorber
  • DVD Release Date: December 9, 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CDL9I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,168 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The World of Jacques Demy" on IMDb

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If you love the films of Jacques Demy as I do, then this is a must-see film, one of three documentaries about him by his wife Agnes Varda. All of his work is touched upon in this docuementary. Interviews with the director, his relatives, and the stars of his films are all worthwhile, and there's even a bit with Harrison Ford who was originally supposed to star in Demy's Model Shop, his sequel to Lola. I haven't been able to see all of Demy's movies because they weren't shown in the US and this film provides clips from those films. After watching this, I can only hope that a restored print of Donkey Skin is shown in the US soon and that we get a DVD of that film released in the US. That film is pure enchantment.
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Agnès Varda has over the past 20 years or so turned the lives and careers of both herself and her late husband Jacques Demy into something like a cottage industry; by my count at least 9 of her features and shorts from 1988 on have been directly autobiographical/biographical or essays on previous films. Many cineastes - particularly those allergic to nostalgia or to the filmmaker-as-critic might think such explorations to be excessively narcissistic - but they would be wrong I think. Each of the films that I've seen - JACQUOT DES NANTES, THE GLEANERS AND I...2 YEARS LATER, the short documentaries accompanying the Criterion disc of LE BONHEUR and this film - explore new ground, both intellectually and emotionally, and the careers of both filmmakers at this point stand as testaments to the value of intimate and repeated coverage of the same filmic territory - "film what you know." Most Americans will know only a few of Demy's films - LOLA, THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG, THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT and DONKEY SKIN for example are the only ones I've seen - if they know any at all, so it was wonderful for me to learn that he had lived with his family in America for several years and made as many films in English as he did - given how generally unavailable - and poorly reviewed - much of his work is, I'd never bothered to look into much of it. Not that I wasn't interested, it was just a low priority, but Varda's film really gives one an idea of how much Demy's personality and obsessions - the city of Nantes, the American musical, fidelity, the tragedy of unrequited love - infuse even his lesser works; this reinvigorates my interest in getting hold of the other stuff, like his serious non-musical BAY OF ANGELS (1963) or his serious political musical UNE CHAMBRE EN VILLE (1982).Read more ›
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Documentary The World of Jacques Demy aka L'Univers de Jacques Demy, Agnes Varda's second film about her husband (after her semi-fictionalised film about his childhood, Jacquot de Nantes), eschews a chronological approach for a more scrapbook like amble through his career, which is one way of avoiding the inevitable decline of his career and ending on a high. Utilizing archive interviews, on-set footage, reuniting co-stars and hearing from fans (mostly teenage girls), surprises abound, such as footage of Demy and Harrison Ford hanging around while shooting tests for his forgotten US sequel to Lola, Model Shop (Ford was replaced by Gary Lockwood at the studio's insistence Ford would never be a box-office star) or a chubby Jim Morrison visiting the set of Peau D'Ane. While it offers ample inadvertent examples of why much of his post-60s work was less than successful - many of the more obscure films look simply awful - it does make you want to see the odd lesser-known work like the surprisingly dark looking The Pied Piper, and the 90 minutes pass surprisingly easily.
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Just so you know, this entire film is included as a supplement in the Une Chambre en Ville disc package of the multi-disc The Essential Jacques Demy (Blu-ray + DVD) from Criterion.
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