Lola: Mr Bongo Films
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Anouk Aimée (La Dolce Vita, A Man and a Woman) gives her defining performance as Cécile, a cabaret performer and single mother. Taking the stage name Lola, she entrances Roland (Marc Michel), a young drifter. A friend of Lola since childhood, he yearns for her to return his love but she pines for her husband s return. In the present, she disports with an American sailor named Frankie (Alan Scott), who in turn is the object of a young girl's affections. The girl s name, like Lola's, is Cécile (Annie Dupeyroux). Set in Nantes over the span of a few days, this story of love stories crossing paths, of life teeming with co-incidences and missed chances conveys the spirit of the early French New Wave and the graceful cinema of Max Ophüls.
Famous for the internationally acclaimed colour musicals The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and The Young Girls of Rochefort, Demy's first film was immediately recognized as a masterpiece by Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut. Lola's popular success led to BAFTA nominations for Best Picture and for Best Actress in a Foreign Film (Anouk Aimée).
Exquisite! Most movies pale compared to Lola, one of the best films of all time --New York Press
Captivating and beautifully shot love story --Empire
Magical, charming, graceful and beautiful --New York Times
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Both Lolas are taken from the 2000 restoration supervised by Jacques Demy's widow, filmmaker Agnès Varda. Of that restoration, Terrence Rafferty in the New York Times wrote, "Thanks to his diligent widow, the evidence of Jacques Demy's brilliant beginnings survives, rescued from obscurity and decay. It's wonderful, in this grim time, to know that "Lola" and "Bay of Angels" are back to stay, and miraculous that they look so bright and clear and young. We're seeing them now as they should be seen, in the full glory of their transience."
This Bongo Lola's subtitles are in large white type; Wellspring's are in bold yellow, and so easier to see. This Lola has no extras; Wellspring's has a clip, about ten minutes, from Agnes Varda's 2003 film The World of Jacques Demy, and also a 1961 trailer of Lola. The primary weblink included is to an article on Demy in the magazine Senses of Cinema com. It is out of date yet it may have been to a nice Lola appreciation by Darragh O'Donoghue in Issue 54, but likely was a good essay on Demy by Caroline E. Layde from Issue 26.
As an afternote, I've never found Anouk Aimee to be sensual and especially so in what passes for sexy in the 1960's, but she is incredibly sensuous, and Lola is indeed compelling.