"Director: Jacques Demy"

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  • Baie Des Anges, La / Donkey Skin / Les Demoiselles De Rochefort / Lola (1961) / Umbrellas of Cherbourg / Une Chambre En Ville - Set [Blu-ray] [2019] [Region Free]Baie Des Anges, La / Donkey Skin / Les Demoiselles De Rochefort / Lola (1961) / Umbrellas of Cherbourg / Une Chambre En Ville - Set | Blu Ray | (17/02/2020) from £72.00   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    French director JACQUES DEMY didn't just make movieshe created an entire cinematic world. Demy launched his glorious feature filmmaking career in the sixties, a decade of astonishing invention in his national cinema. He stood out from the crowd of his fellow New Wavers, however, by filtering his self-conscious formalism through deeply emotional storytelling. Fate and coincidence, doomed love, and storybook romance surface throughout his films, many of which are further united by the intersecting lives of characters who either appear or are referenced across titles. Demy's filmswhich range from musical to melodrama to fantasiaare triumphs of visual and sound design, camera work, and music, and they are galvanized by the great stars of French cinema at their centres, including ANOUK AIMÉE, CATHERINE DENEUVE, and JEANNE MOREAU. The works collected here, made from the sixties to the eighties, touch the heart and mind in equal measure. LOLA JACQUES DEMY's crystalline debut gave birth to the fictional universe in which so many of his characters would live, play, and love. It's among his most profoundly felt films, a tale of crisscrossing lives in Nantes (Demy's hometown) that floats on waves of longing and desire. Heading the film's ensemble is the enchanting ANOUK AIMÉE (8 1/2) as the title character, a cabaret chanteuse; she's awaiting the return of a long-lost lover and unwilling to entertain the adoration of another love-struck soul, the wanderer Roland (Le trou's MARC MICHEL). Humane, wistful, and witty, Lola is a testament to the resilience of the heartbroken. BAY OF ANGELS This precisely wrought, emotionally penetrating romantic drama from JACQUES DEMY, set largely in the casinos of Nice, is a visually lovely but darkly pragmatic investigation into love and obsession. A bottle-blonde JEANNE MOREAU (Jules and Jim) is at her blithe best as a gorgeous gambling addict, and CLAUDE MANN (Army of Shadows) is the bank clerk drawn into her risky world. Featuring a glittering score by MICHEL LEGRAND, Bay of Angels is among Demy's most somber works. THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG An angelically beautiful CATHERINE DENEUVE (Belle de jour) was launched into stardom by this glorious musical heart tugger from JACQUES DEMY. She plays an umbrella-shop owner's delicate daughter, glowing with first love for a handsome garage mechanic, played by NINO CASTELNUOVO (The English Patient). When the boy is shipped off to fight in Algeria, the two lovers must grow up quickly. Exquisitely designed in a kaleidoscope of colors, and told entirely through the lilting songs of the great composer MICHEL LEGRAND, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is one of the most revered and unorthodox movie musicals of all time. THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT JACQUES DEMY followed up The Umbrellas of Cherbourg with another musical about missed connections and second chances, this one a more effervescent confection. Twins Delphine and Solange, a dance instructor and a music teacher (played by real-life sisters CATHERINE DENEUVE and FRANÇOISE DORLÉAC), dream of big-city life; when a fair comes through their quiet port town, so does the possibility of escape. With its jazzy MICHEL LEGRAND score, pastel paradise of costumes, and divine supporting cast (GEORGE CHAKIRIS, GROVER DALE, DANIELLE DARRIEUX, MICHEL PICCOLI, and GENE KELLY), The Young Girls of Rochefort is a tribute to Hollywood optimism from sixties French cinema's preeminent dreamer. DONKEY SKIN In this lovingly crafted, wildly quirky adaptation of a classic French fairy tale, JACQUES DEMY casts CATHERINE DENEUVE as a princess who must go into hiding as a scullery maid in order to fend off an unwanted marriage proposal from her own father, the king (Orpheus's JEAN MARAIS)! A topsy-turvy riches-to-rags fable featuring songs by MICHEL LEGRAND, Donkey Skin creates a tactile fantasy world that's perched on the border between the earnest and the satiric, and features DELPHINE SEYRIG (Last Year at Marienbad) in a delicious supporting role as a fashionable fairy godmother. UNE CHAMBRE EN VILLE In this musical melodrama set against the backdrop of a workers' strike in Nantes, DOMINIQUE SANDA (The Conformist) plays a young woman who wishes to leave her brutish fiancé (Contempt's MICHEL PICCOLI) for an earthy steelworker (The Valet's RICHARD BERRY), though he is engaged to another. Unbeknownst to the girl, the object of her affection boards with her no-nonsense baroness mother (The Earrings of Madame de . . .'s DANIELLE DARRIEUX). A late-career triumph from JACQUES DEMY, Une chambre en ville received nine César Award nominations and features a rich, operatic score by MICHEL COLOMBIER (Purple Rain). Features New 2K digital restorations of all six films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays of Lola and Bay of Angels and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 surround soundtracks on the Blu-rays of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The Young Girls of Rochefort, Donkey Skin, and Une chambre en ville Two documentaries by filmmaker Agnès Varda: The World of Jacques Demy (1995) and The Young Girls Turn 25 (1993) Four short films by director Jacques Demy: Les horizons morts (1951), Le sabotier du Val de Loire (1956), Ars (1959), and La luxure (1962) Jacques Demy A to Z, a new visual essay by film critic James Quandt Two archival interviews from French television with Demy and composer Michel Legrand, one on The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and the other on The Young Girls of Rochefort French television interview from 1962 with actor Jeanne Moreau on the set of Bay of Angels Once Upon a Time . . . The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, a 2008 documentary French television program about the making of Donkey Skin Donkey Skin Illustrated, a video program on the many versions of Charles Perrault's fairy tale Donkey Skin and the Thinkers, a video program on the themes of the film, featuring critic Camille Tabouley New video conversation with Demy biographer Jean-Pierre Berthomé and costume designer Jacqueline Moreau New interviews with author Marie Colmant and film scholar Rodney Hill Q&A with Demy from the 1987 Midnight Sun Film Festival, as well as an audio Q&A with him from the American Film Institute in 1971 Archival audio recordings of interviews with Demy, Legrand, and actor Catherine Deneuve at the National Film Theatre in London Interview with actor Anouk Aimée conducted by Varda in 2012 Interview from 2012 with Varda on the origin of Lola's song Video programs on the restorations of Lola, Bay of Angels, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, and Une chambre en ville Trailers New English subtitle translations Six Blu-rays PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by critics Ginette Vincendeau, Terrence Rafferty, Jim Ridley, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Anne Duggan, and Geoff Andrew, and a postscript by Berthomé

  • Umbrellas Of Cherbourg (50th Anniversary Edition) [DVD] [1964]Umbrellas Of Cherbourg (50th Anniversary Edition) | DVD | (10/02/2014) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £17.99

    Voted The Guardian's 14 Best Romantic Film of All Time. Described by director Jacques Demy as 'a film in song' the visually intoxicating The Umbrellas of Cherbourg Pays homage to the Hollywood musical in this masterpiece of French New Wave cinema. Guy Foucher (Nino Castelnuovo) a 20-year-old French auto mechanic has fallen in love with 17-year-old Geneviève Emery (Catherine Deneuve: Belle de Jour) an employee in her widowed mother's chic but financially embattled umbrella shop. On the evening before Guy is to leave for a two-year tour of combat in Algeria the pair share a passionate night. Geneviève becomes pregnant and then must choose between waiting for Guy's return or accepting an attractive offer of marriage from a wealthy diamond merchant (Marc Michel: Lola). Special Features: Feature Geoff Andrew On Umbrellas of Cherbourg Virginie Ledoyen on Umbrellas of Cherbourg Once Upon A Time... The Umbrellas of Cherbourg The World of Jacques Demy The Restoration of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg Stills gallery Trailer Trailer (2013)

  • Umbrellas Of Cherbourg (50th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] [1964]Umbrellas Of Cherbourg (50th Anniversary Edition) | Blu Ray | (10/02/2014) from £25.63   |  Saving you £-2.64 (N/A%)   |  RRP £22.99

    Voted The Guardian's 14 Best Romantic Film of All Time. Described by director Jacques Demy as 'a film in song' the visually intoxicating The Umbrellas of Cherbourg Pays homage to the Hollywood musical in this masterpiece of French New Wave cinema. Guy Foucher (Nino Castelnuovo) a 20-year-old French auto mechanic has fallen in love with 17-year-old Geneviève Emery (Catherine Deneuve: Belle de Jour) an employee in her widowed mother's chic but financially embattled umbrella shop. On the evening before Guy is to leave for a two-year tour of combat in Algeria the pair share a passionate night. Geneviève becomes pregnant and then must choose between waiting for Guy's return or accepting an attractive offer of marriage from a wealthy diamond merchant (Marc Michel: Lola). Special Features: Feature Geoff Andrew On Umbrellas of Cherbourg Virginie Ledoyen on Umbrellas of Cherbourg Once Upon A Time... The Umbrellas of Cherbourg The World of Jacques Demy The Restoration of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg Stills gallery Trailer Trailer (2013)

  • Les Demoiselles De Rochefort [1967]Les Demoiselles De Rochefort | DVD | (28/07/2008) from £17.98   |  Saving you £9.00 (60.04%)   |  RRP £23.99

    Adding dance in to a magical mix, director Jacques Demy here created one of the most stylish and joyously exuberant musicals ever made.

  • Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (The Young Girls of Rochefort) [Blu-ray]Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (The Young Girls of Rochefort) | Blu Ray | (04/11/2019) from £14.59   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Following on from the success of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg comes Les Demoiselles de Rochefort - Jacques Demy's large-scale tribute to the Hollywood musical featuring screen legend Gene Kelly. The story centres on twin sisters Delphine and Solange (played by real-life sisters Catherine Deneuve and Francoise Dorléac) who, tired of their humdrum existence, dream of finding success and romance in Paris. The superb ensemble, also featuring Danielle Darrieux, Michel Piccoli, Jacques Perrin, George Chakiris and Grover Dale, weave and wander around the town, looking for and just missing the love of their lives. With a plot of pure Shakespearean farce, witty dialogue and lyrics by Demy, and a magnificent jazz score by the late, great Michel Legrand, Les Demoiselles de Rochefort is an effervescent celebration of life that is sure to captivate and uplift. Special features: Presented in High Definition Les Demoiselles ont eu 25 ans (1993, 64 mins): documentary by Agnès Varda Gene Kelly Guardian Lecture (1980, audio only): the legendary Hollywood star discusses his long and much celebrated career Catherine Deneuve Guardian Interview (2005) **FIRST PRESSING ONLY** Fully illustrated booklet with writing on the film and full film credits Other extras TBC

  • The Umbrellas Of CherbourgThe Umbrellas Of Cherbourg | DVD | (10/10/2005) from £17.53   |  Saving you £2.46 (14.03%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 1964 Cannes Film Festival 'The Umbrellas of Cherbourg' is an unforgettable story of a lost love! Set in the French seaside town of Cherbourg the all-sung dialogue tells the story of shop-girl Genevieve (Catherine Deneuve) who discovers that she is pregnant after her garage mechanic boyfriend Guy (Nino Castelnuovo) is drafted to fight in the Algerian war. She marries the decent and honourable diamond merchant Roland Cassard (Marc Michel) but lives

  • Model Shop [Blu-ray]Model Shop | Blu Ray | (02/12/2019) from £13.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Two lovers from very different walks of life collide in Model Shop, the first film by French New Wave luminary Jacques Demy (Bay of Angels, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) to be shot in the United States and a zeitgeist-capturing portrait of the late 1960s. Los Angeles architect George Matthews (Gary Lockwood, 2001: A Space Odyssey) is down on his luck. Unemployed, broke and facing imminent deployment to Vietnam, he suddenly and unexpectedly finds himself transfixed by the captivating Lola (Anouk Aimée, reprising her eponymous role from Demy s 1961 film), a pin-up who works in a low rent model shop specialising in erotic photographs. After spending his last $12 to photograph her, George realises they are kindred spirits, both adrift and without hope in the City of Angels, and, during a night of drinking and lovemaking at Lola s apartment, he forges a connection with the damaged woman that will have lasting consequences for them both... Dismissed as a minor entry in Demy s canon at the time of its original release, Model Shop later made Sight & Sound s list of hidden gems that had been unduly overlooked. Replete with Demy s sharp-eyed observations on the human condition and showcasing a masterfully realised sense of both time and place, Demy s American debut is a dreamy, devastating love story about a city and characters at a crossroads between the past and the future. Special Edition Contents: High Definition Blu-rayTM (1080p) presentation of a 2K restoration of the film Original lossless mono soundtrack Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing Isolated music and effects track New audio commentary by actress and writer Illeana Douglas, author of I Blame Dennis Hopper: And Other Stories from a Life Lived In and Out of the Movies A City Full of Poetry, a new video appreciation by author and critic Philip Kemp Alternate French-language opening and closing titles Theatrical trailer TV spots Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Ignatius Fitzpatrick FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Neil Mitchell

  • Jacques Demy - Lola [DVD]Jacques Demy - Lola | DVD | (16/08/2010) from £17.53   |  Saving you £-4.54 (N/A%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Anouk Aim''e (A Man and a Woman) delivers a groundbreaking performance in the title role of Lola a sultry nightclub entertainer. Left by her sailor lover Michael (Jacques Harden) on the eve of her pregnancy seven years ago Lola brings up their son while working as a dancer. She anxiously awaits the return of Michael who has gone to America to seek his fortune. In his absence Lola spends time in the company of her childhood friend Roland (Marc Michael) and an American Sailor Frankie (Alan Scott). She is a woman searching for love and would settle down with one of them if her heart did not belong to Michael. Jacques Demy s gorgeously shot B&W debut film is a loving tribute to Max Ophuls that has now been restored to radiant form under the supervision of his widow award winning film-maker Agnes Varda.

  • Catherine Deneuve CollectionCatherine Deneuve Collection | DVD | (12/03/2007) from £33.73   |  Saving you £1.26 (3.74%)   |  RRP £34.99

    The icily beautiful French goddess Catherine Denueve is celebrated here in Optimum's Screen Icons series with a box-set of films that span the full range of her illustrious 45-year career so far. Umbrellas Of Cherbourg was the film that made Deneuve a star and introduced her to the world. A conventional love story made completely original by all the dialogue being sung and a rainbow of colours reflecting the radiance of the story and characters alike. Umbrellas won the Palme D'Or in Cannes in 1964. Belle du Jour Undoubtedly Luis Buuel's most accessible film Belle de Jour is an elegant and erotic masterpiece that maintains as hypnotic a grip on modern audiences as it did on its debut 30 years ago. Denueve plays a bored and sexually frustrated housewife who becomes a part-time prostitute and begins a dangerous relationship with a young gangster. Donkey Skin is a wonderfully bizarre film from Jacques Demy a unique synthesis of Jean Cocteau and Walt Disney. Ahead of its time and strikingly modern in its production design it's also a warts and all fairytale ripe with incorrect royalism and medieval misogyny. Deneuve plays the dual role of the King's wife and daughter. Manon 70 a 1960's version of an 18th century French novel and a 19th century Italian opera Denueve plays the confused Manon torn between a young but penniless lover and an older richer suitor whose generosity she finds very tempting... Ma Saisson Preferee An Andre Techine family drama starring Daniel Auteuil.

  • Donkey SkinDonkey Skin | DVD | (10/10/2005) from £20.23   |  Saving you £-0.24 (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Jacques Demy's ode to the fairy tale by 17th Century author Charles Perrault comes to life with breathtaking brilliance! This epic tale overflows with dazzling colour elaborate costumes and an enchanting score by Oscar-winning composer Michel Legrand (The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg). Catherine Deneuve stars as a Princess whose father the King (Jean Marais) seeks her hand in marriage after promising his dying wife to only wed a woman more beautiful than she. Listening to her godmother

  • A Slightly Pregnant ManA Slightly Pregnant Man | DVD | (10/10/2005) from £11.99   |  Saving you £8.00 (66.72%)   |  RRP £19.99

    A male Parisian driving school owner who complains of feeling run down goes to see his doctor and is pronounced four months pregnant... A delightful French farce from Jacques Demy starring the luminescent Catherine Deneuve.

  • The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg [1964]The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg | DVD | (21/05/2001) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Jacques Demy's haunting romantic musical is an enchanting, one-of-a-kind musical experience. It's basically a movie operetta, in which the characters sing all the dialogue (or, rather, lyrics--by director Demy) to Michel Legrand's lovely score. The story spans five years (1957-1962) in the life of Geneviéve (the ethereally beautiful Catherine Deneuve in the role that launched her to international stardom), the teenage daughter of a woman who owns a Cherbourg umbrella shop. After Geneviéve's boyfriend Guy (Nino Castelnuovo) is drafted and sent off to Algeria, she discovers she's pregnant and complications ensue. With its dazzling candy-coloured palette, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg looks sweet and dreamy. Restored and re-released in 1995 to rapturous acclaim and the renewed delight of all who got the chance to see it. The video release is taken from the restored version. --Jim Emerson, Amazon.com

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