The World Of Jacques Demy

  • 2003
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Documentary

Agnes Varda salutes her late husband’s idiosyncratic moviemaking career in this sublime documentary. An accomplished filmmaker herself, Varda wisely eschews a traditional talking-heads approach, using her breathtaking command of cinematic technique to chat with Anouk Aimee, inter-cut clips from her starring role in LOLA (1961), then reunite her with long-ago...read more

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Agnes Varda salutes her late husband’s idiosyncratic moviemaking career in this sublime documentary. An accomplished filmmaker herself, Varda wisely eschews a traditional talking-heads approach, using her breathtaking command of cinematic technique to chat with Anouk Aimee, inter-cut clips from her starring role in LOLA (1961), then reunite her with long-ago costar Marc Michel. When relying on testimonials, Varda gives equal weight to reminiscences from Demy’s famous coworkers (e.g. Jeanne Moreau, Catherine Deneuve) and to personal recollections from his fans. Along the way, she treats the audience to sequences from Demy’s classics (UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (1964), DONKEY SKIN (1971) as well as clips from more obscure works (THE PIED PIPER (1972), LADY OSCAR (1978), and gives an overview of his formative years in Nantes. She even includes an appearance by Harrison Ford, whom Demy had tried to cast in his Hollywood flop THE MODEL SHOP (1969) before the actor became a superstar. For those unfamiliar with Demy, this stroll through his career is equal parts biography and mini-film festival. Those already infatuated with Demy’s oeuvre will drool over the clips from movies rarely seen in America including the Yves Montand musical THREE SEATS FOR THE TWENTY SIXTH (1988). Impressively, Varda manages to make his films seems as fresh as they were when initially released.

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  • Released: 2003
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Agnes Varda salutes her late husband’s idiosyncratic moviemaking career in this sublime documentary. An accomplished filmmaker herself, Varda wisely eschews a traditional talking-heads approach, using her breathtaking command of cinematic technique to chat… (more)

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