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December 27, 2019 – December 29, 2019

Jacques Demy, the famed filmmaker (and beloved husband of Agnès Varda) who sat somewhat uneasily between prestige cinema and the rupture of the New Wave, was deeply influenced by Hollywood musicals. Demy’s early-career “romantic trilogy,” set in three different French beachfront cities, revolves around the lives of ordinary citizens dealing with extraordinary issues. Sponsored in part by TV5 Monde.


Directed by Jacques Demy

Demy’s feature debut, which he provocatively dubbed a “musical without music,” stars pop icon Anouk Aimée as a cabaret dancer

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Directed by Jacques Demy

Demy’s first true musical is every bit as color- and sun-drenched as the classical Hollywood musicals from which the filmmaker

The Young Girls of Rochefort

Directed by Jacques Demy

The conclusion of Demy’s unofficial romantic trilogy follows Lola and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg in its focus on French coastal