The World of Jacques Demy

L'univers de Jacques Demy

dir. Agnès Varda

TIFF Cinematheque - Retrospective

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This penetrating portrait of the director made by his wife, Agnès Varda, interweaves clips from Demy's films with insightful and entertaining interviews with many who worked with him, including Catherine Deneuve, Anouk Aimée, Michel Piccoli, Michel Legrand, Jean Marais, Dominique Sanda, Danielle Darrieux, Jeanne Moreau, and Harrison Ford.

Imperative for any Demy fan, this penetrating portrait of the director made by his wife, Agnès Varda, interweaves clips from Demy's films (presented in beautiful prints in proper aspect ratio) with insightful and entertaining interviews with many who worked with him, a veritable aristocracy of French cinema. Catherine Deneuve's fond remembrance centres on the fact that Demy was the first director she ever met; Anouk Aimée speaks about how she now feels indivisible from Lola, the character she embodied in two Demy films; Michel Piccoli relishes telling about the terrifying finale of Une chambre en ville, in which nudity, suicide, and song are crazily combined. Michel Legrand, Jean Marais, Dominique Sanda, Danielle Darrieux, Jeanne Moreau, Harrison Ford (the intended star of Demy's Model Shop), and a dozen more all offer their reminiscences of Demy, and Varda even manages to include footage of her friend Jim Morrison visiting a Demy set.