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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.

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