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The Essential Jacques Demy: The Director's Candy-Colored Films Get The Criterion Treatment

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • July 30, 2014 3:23 PM
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Jacques Demy, Essentials, Criterion
“French director Jacques Demy didn’t just make movies—he created an entire cinematic world.” So say the good folks at Criterion over at the page for the recently released box set of perhaps the most undervalued member of the French New Wave. Demy stood out compared to the rest of the movement, insofar as he embraced a lot of Hollywood cliches—storybook romances, melodrama, musicals (quelle horreur!). But at his best, Demy did all that while subverting audience expectations.

Watch: Celebrate 50 Years Of 'Umbrellas of Cherbourg' With 6-Minute Look At The Restoration, Clips & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 19, 2014 12:08 PM
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Umbrellas of Cherbourg
50 years ago today, the world fell in love with Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo in "The Umbreallas Of Cherbourg." One of the best musicals of all time, and one of Jacques Demy's finest films, the sweeping tale packs romance, war, drama and music — oh, the music — into an unforgettable 90 minutes that are very much treasured by fans today.

Léa Seydoux, Charlotte Gainsbourg & Catherine Deneuve Are 'Three Hearts' For Benoit Jacquot

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • April 3, 2013 10:17 AM
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Things are going very well for Lea Seydoux. After having a very short appearance in the opening of Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” -- she played one of the daughters of the French farmer Christoph Waltz interrogates -- Seydoux appeared in the films of Ridley Scott and Woody Allen, and she recently added Wes Anderson to her list of auteurs with her role in his upcoming “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (and as the star of the Anderson and Roman Coppola co-directed Prada ads). The French actress, however, hasn’t forgotten about her homeland as she’s set to join Benoit Jacquot’s “Three Hearts” ("Trois coeurs") alongside two other French stars.

Venice Review: 'Linhas De Wellington' Is A Handsome But Middling Tribute To The Late Raúl Ruiz

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 4, 2012 1:37 PM
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If you had to pick the final film to be completed after a forty-year career of over one hundred films, you’d certainly hope for one as masterful as “Mysteries Of Lisbon,” the four-hour 2010 epic that proved to be the last completed directorial effort from Chilean-born, French-settled filmmaker Raúl Ruiz. An internationally acclaimed Portugese-language costume drama, it’s one of the richest films of the last few years, and one that certainly served as a fitting crowning accomplishment.

Raul Ruiz's Widow Takes Over His Film 'The Lines Of Wellington' Starring John Malkovich, Catherine Deneuve & Isabelle Huppert

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2012 2:37 PM
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Last summer, the cinema world lost the great, prolific and distinctive filmmaker Raul Ruiz. Probably best known to contemporary audiences for "The Mysteries Of Lisbon," the Cannes winner has in the middle of preparations for his next film, "The Lines Of Wellington," which was set to center around the Battle Of Bussaco in 1810 and the French invasion of Portugal. Well, fans will be relieved to know the movie is still happening.

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