(Re)discover Jacques Demy

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Jacques Demy

Jacques Demy

The film screenings at the Alliances Françaises in India honour several masterpieces of the great film director Jacques Demy, gone in 1990.

Jacques Demy is one of the most famous french filmmakers of the XXth century.  Born in 1931 in a family that loved all kinds of shows, he was instantly attracted to movies and music. This love for music and cinema led him to produce some of the most groundbreaking movies of his time. Jacques Demy is affiliated with movement of the Nouvelle Vague, that made him an avant-gardist. The Nouvelle Vague was a movement in the 1960’s of young filmmakers who wanted to renew the french cinema, the meeting of a time and of several film directors ready to change their ways of seeing and showing things. Among them, Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Claude Chabrol, to name a few, as well as Agnès Varda, the future wife of Jacques Demy and one of the very few female directors of the Nouvelle Vague.

Of the Nouvelle Vague, Demy is at the top, for he directed new kinds of films : the entirely musical films, where every single sentence is sung, where music never leaves. This step clearly marks the renewal in traditional ways of film making in France, rather popular in the US or Bollywood cinema, but also in France : the musicals. Musicals traditionnaly punctuate the main storyline with acts of singing and dancing. Jacques Demy went further and never interrupted the music and the singing, making his movies a true musical marathon.

Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, one of Demy’s masterpieces, (Palme d’Or of Festival de Cannes 1964),  is one of the films that the Alliance Française of India will screen, followed by another musical masterpiece, Les Demoiselles de Rochefort. But moreover, to discover Demy’s life, the Alliances Françaises offer the possibility to see Jacquot de Nantes, a film by Agnès Varda, talented film director and wife of Demy, about his childhood in Nantes and his coming to the cinema. A film about childhood, but also a film full of the poetry Demy instilled in everything he did.
Today, Jacques Demy is considered one of the pillars of the french cinema. But though he let his mark in history and his movies are the reflection of his time, they are still as interesting and as pleasant as when they were released, even with a different look. Demy’s cinema is eternal and accessible to everyone, another reason for his being honoured by the Alliances Françaises all over India this year.
His filmography :
Ars (1959)
Lola (1960)
La Luxure, episode in Les Sept péchés capitaux (1961)
La Baie des Anges (1962)
Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (1964)
Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (1967)
Model Shop (1969)
Peau d’Âne (The Donkey Skin or The Magic Donkey) (1970)
The Pied Piper (1972)
L’événement le plus important depuis que l’homme a marché sur la lune (The slightly pregnant man) (1973)
Lady Oscar (1979)
La Naissance du Jour (made for TV, 1979)
Une chambre en ville (“A room in town”) (1982)
Parking (1982)
La table tournante (1988)
Trois places pour le 26 (1988)
Wikipedia in english about Jacques Demy
Wikipedia in english about Agnès Varda
L’extrait et la chanson les plus connus du film Les demoiselles de Rochefort. 

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