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The World of Jacques Demy(L'Univers de Jacques Demy)

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France, Belgium, Spain · 1995
1h 30m
Director Agnès Varda
Starring Agnès Varda, Anouk Aimée, Danielle Darrieux, Catherine Deneuve
Genre Documentary

Agnès Varda’s documentary portrait of her late husband, Jacques Demy. In addition to interviews and clips from his films, Varda shares her own memories of the man, as well as those of his friends, fans, and colleagues. An incredibly personal and poignant portrait of one of the giants of cinema that doubles as a love letter from a grieving wife.

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The New York Times by

[Varda's] film slides in and out of [Demy's] career and personal life with a French sensibility that puts no great stock in exact chronological order or clearly announced shifts from one film to the next. At times this is annoying, but it pays to keep up, or if necessary back up a bit, to get the measure of an elegantly romantic filmmaker with a strong feel for nostalgia and chance. [09 Dec 2003, p.E1]


San Francisco Examiner by Barbara Shulgasser

Referring to his love of Hollywood musicals and a working-class background that fostered enduring dreams of making movies one day, Varda creates an homage to a filmmaker's imagination. It doesn't hurt that she was also in love with him.


Variety by David Stratton

The World of Jacques Demy is a major addition to films about filmmakers, and achieves its purpose in making the viewer immediately want to see the key films again.

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