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Directed by Jacques Demy

France 1961 90 mins. In English, French with English subtitles

Demy’s feature debut, which he provocatively dubbed a “musical without music,” stars pop icon Anouk Aimée as a cabaret dancer besieged by suitors in the western coastal city of Nantes, France. Shot entirely on location and captured in crisp B&W photography by French New Wave legend Raoul Coutard, the film follows the luminous Lola through her days and nights, and her relationships with youthful Roland (Marc Michel), American sailor Frankie (Alan Scott), and her beloved ex-beau Michel (Jacques Harden), for whom she still pines. Splitting the difference between the classic French cinema of his forebears and the youthful New Wave cinema taking the country by storm in 1961, Lola is a saturated, moody film that calls forth the legends of both Marlene Dietrich in The Blue Angel and the films of Max Ophüls, and belatedly claims its place among the great debuts in French cinema.