Jacques Demy

Jacques Demy

  • Highest Rated: 100% Lola (1961)
  • Lowest Rated: 50% The Pied Piper (1972)
  • Birthday: Jun 5, 1931
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Though a contemporary of such Nouvelle Vague filmmakers as Chabrol, Godard and Truffaut, Jacques Demy eschewed their tendency towards heavy, realistic dramas centered the ills of the contemporary world. His best loved films were romantic, lyrical and fairytale like, but always imbued with dark undercurrents of psychological realism. Like other New Wave directors, Demy was passionate about cinema, particularly Hollywood musicals, which he paid specific tribute to in Les Desmoiselles de Rochefort. In the early '50s, Demy assisted animator Paul Grimault and documentarist Georges Rouquier. He began directing shorts in the mid '50s with Le Sabotier Du Val De Loire and Le Bel Indifférent. Demy made his feature debut in 1961 with the popular romance Lola. Dedicated to Max Ophuls and his film Lola Montes, Demy's first film is still considered by many to be his finest. Demy topped that success with the international hit Les Parapluies De Cherbourg (aka The Umbrellas of Cherbourg), a low-key and beautifully stylized romantic musical by Michel Legrand (who had scored Demy's shorter works) in which all of the players sang their lines against a paradise of quaint buildings painted in pastels. The film was a great success and remains one of Demy's best known films. In hopes of recapturing that success, he and Legrand again teamed up for Les Desmoiselles De Rochefort (aka The Young Girls of Rochefort) with Gene Kelly. His notable later films include the handsome fairy tales Peau D'Ane (aka Donkey Skin) and The Pied Piper of Hamelin (aka The Pied Piper); the comedy L'Évenement Le Plus Important Depuis Que L'Homme A Marché Sur La Lune (aka A Slightly Pregnant Man) with Marcello Mastroianni; Parking, his Doors-inspired remake of Cocteau's Orphée; La Table Tournante, a live-action-and-animation mix reteaming Demy and Paul Grimault; and Demy's last film, the Yves Montand musical Trois Places Pour Le 26. Following Demy's death in late 1990 of a cerebral hemorrhage, his widow Agnes Varda, a filmmaker in her own right, began making documentary tributes to her beloved and influential husband the most famous of which is the docudrama- Jacquot de Nantes.

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No Score Yet Le Sabotier Du Val De Loire Screenwriter Director 2013
No Score Yet La Naissance Du Jour Director Screenwriter 2011
No Score Yet Bel Indifférent, Le Director 2003
86% La Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels) Director Screenwriter 2001
No Score Yet Lola Screenwriter 2001
No Score Yet L'Univers de Jacques Demy (The Universe of Jacques Demy)(The World of Jacques Demy) Actor 1993
80% Jacquot de Nantes Screenwriter Himself 1991
No Score Yet Trois places pour le 26 (Three Places for the 26th) Screenwriter Director 1988
No Score Yet La Table Tournante Director Screenwriter 1988
No Score Yet Parking Director 1985
No Score Yet A Room in Town (Une Chambre en Ville) Screenwriter Director 1982
No Score Yet Lady Oscar Director Screenwriter 1979
No Score Yet A Slightly Pregnant Man Screenwriter Director 1973
50% The Pied Piper Director 1972
88% Donkey Skin (Peau d'âne) Director 1971
98% The Young Girls of Rochefort (Les Demoiselles de Rochefort) Screenwriter Director 1968
No Score Yet Model Shop Director Screenwriter Producer 1968
98% The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg) Screenwriter Director 1964
100% Lola Director 1961
No Score Yet Seven Deadly Sins Director Screenwriter 1961
85% Paris Belongs to Us (Paris Nous Appartient) Actor 1960
100% The 400 Blows (Les Quatre cents coups) Policeman 1959
No Score Yet Remnants and Umbrellas 8-12 Director


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