THE ESSENTIAL JACQUES DEMY COLLECTION (TBA) DEMY, JACQUES BLU RA Y ONLY £105
Features the following six films – Lola (1961), La Baie Des Anges (1963), the Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964), Les Demoiselles De Rochefort (1967), Peau D’âne/donkey (1970) and Une Chambre En Ville (1982).
LA BAIE DES ANGES 1963
Set largely in the casinos of Nice, is a visually lovely but darkly realistic investigation into love and obsession.
LES DEMOISELLES DE ROCHEFORT 1967
Musical comedy with Catherine Deneuve and Gene Kelly.
Anouk Aimee plays Lola, a cabaret singer who occupies herself with a few affairs while awaiting the return of her one and only true love.
LES PARAPLUIES DE CHERBOURG/UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG 1964
A story of lost love, with all the dialogue sung rather than spoken.
PEAU D’ÂNE/DONKEY SKIN 1970
Fairytale about a King (Jean Marais) who is distraught at the death of his wife (Catherine Deneuve), and promises never to marry anyone less beautiful than her. But when he is compelled to marry his own daughter (also Deneuve), her fairy godmother manages to save her from this incestuous fate by making her demand impossible gifts, including a suit of clothes made from the skin of a magical donkey that ensures the land’s prosperity.
UNE CHAMBRE EN VILLE 1982
In this musical melodrama set against the backdrop of a workers’ strike in Nantes,
New 2K digital restorations of all six films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays of Lola and Bay of Angels and 5.1 or 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio 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 critic James Quandt
Archival interviews with Demy, composer Michel Legrand, and actors Jeanne Moreau, Catherine Deneuve, Jean Marais, and Jacques Perrin
Once Upon a Time . . . “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” a 2008 documentary
Episode from Behind the Screen, a 1966 series about the making of Young Girls
“Donkey Skin” Illustrated, a 2008 program on the many versions of Charles Perrault’s fairy tale
“Donkey Skin” and the Thinkers, a 2008 program featuring critic Camille Tabouley
New conversation between Demy biographer Jean-Pierre Berthomé and costume designer Jacqueline Moreau
New interviews with journalist Marie Colmant and film scholar Rodney Hill
Archival audio Q&A with Demy
Archival audio interviews with Legrand and Deneuve
Interview with actor Anouk Aimée from 2012, conducted by Varda
Interview with Varda from 2012 on the origin of Lola’s song
Restoration demonstrations for Lola, Bay of Angels, Umbrellas, and Une chambre
PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by critics Ginette Vincendeau, Terrence Rafferty, Jim Ridley, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Anne E. Duggan, and Geoff Andrew, and a postscript by Berthomé
In French with English subtitles
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