Belcourt Theatre Presents Restored Jacques Demy Films

parapluies-de-cherbourgThanksgiving Holiday Weekend Will Feature Demy’s Digitally Restored Classic THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG starring Catherine Deneuve

The Belcourt Theatre will present The Films of Jacques Demy today (Nov. 22) through Dec. 1. The series includes nine films – most of them digitally restored – by this master director of the French New Wave plus a documentary about Demy by his wife and fellow filmmaker Agnès Varda.

The series opens with Demy’s first feature, LOLA, a romantic and dreamy film considered one of the greatest debuts in modern cinema. The series continues with a broad selection of Demy’s films made between 1961 and 1982, each an extravagant universe of color, whimsy and music (scored by composer and Demy’s lifelong collaborator Michel Legrand). His best-known film, THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG, will screen Thanksgiving Day and during the holiday weekend. For tickets and details visit belcourt.org.

“As cinemas worldwide make the transition to its digital future, some organizations are taking great behind-the-scenes care to see that its past remains not only accessible, but looking as fresh as the first time a film was run through a projector,” says Toby Leonard, programming director of the Belcourt. “Such efforts are worth supporting, and I’m thrilled to be able to present the work of Jacques Demy in these exciting new restorations.”

LolaIn LOLA (Nov. 22-23, Nov. 29), actress Anouk Aimée plays a cabaret singer in a French port city who yearns for her long lost love. BAY OF ANGELS (Nov. 23, 29) features the Côte d’Azur’s dazzling world of glittering casinos. MODEL SHOP (Nov. 24, 29), also starring Anouk Aimée, is Demy’s love letter to Los Angeles in his only American-based film. A SLIGHTLY PREGNANT MAN (Nov. 24, 30) features an extravagantly art-designed satire starring Marcello Mastroianni; and A ROOM IN TOWN (Nov. 24, 30) features a beautiful color palette paired with potent street violence sequences.

The series continues with THE PIED PIPER (Nov. 25), Demy’s dark, politically charged version of the famous tale. JACQUOT DE NANTES (Nov. 26), directed by Demy’s wife Agnès Varda, is an inventive biopic that is not only a beautiful depiction of the director’s life, but also a wonderful addition to the great tradition of films about children. DONKEY SKIN (Nov. 27, 30), one of Demy’s most opulent films, stars Catherine Deneuve, who plays both a queen and princess in this film version of the 17th century fairy tale. Deneuve became a star in THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (Nov. 28-29, Dec. 1), an enchanting and gorgeously stylized musical classic. Deneuve and her real-life sibling Françoise Dorléac star in THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT (Nov. 28, 30, Dec. 1), an exuberant tribute to Hollywood musicals.

The Films of Jacques Demy is sponsored by Mimi and Scott Manzler. Special thanks goes to Janus Films, Sony PicturesInstitut Français and the French Embassy in the United States.

Les-Demoiselles-de-RochefortHere’s the schedule (click here to see the list of showtimes):

LOLA
Nov. 22-23, 29
Dir. Jacques Demy, France/Italy, 1961, 91min, NR, New DCP Restoration
In French with English subtitles
A cabaret singer (Anouk Aimée) in a French port city yearns for her lost love in Jacques Demy’s gloriously romantic debut feature.

BAY OF ANGELS
Nov. 23, Nov. 29
Dir. Jacques Demy, France, 1963, 90min, PG, New DCP Restoration
In French with English subtitles
A dazzlingly blonde Jeanne Moreau stars as a compulsive gambler who seduces a young bank clerk and drags him from casino to casino along the Côte d’Azur as her lucky charm.

MODEL SHOP
Nov. 24, Nov. 29
Dir. Jacques Demy, France/USA, 1969, 92min, NR, New DCP Restoration
A love letter to Los Angeles, Jacques Demy’s only American film finds his heroine Lola (Anouk Aimée) working in a seedy photo parlour, where she becomes the object of desire for a lonely would-be architect (Gary Lockwood).

A SLIGHTLY PREGNANT MAN
Nov. 24, Nov. 30
Dir. Jacques Demy, France/Italy, 1973, 93min, NR, New DCP Restoration
In French with English subtitles
Marcello Mastroianni stars in Jacques Demy’s extravagantly art-designed satire as a Parisian driving school instructor who suddenly finds himself four months pregnant.

A ROOM IN TOWN
Nov. 24, Nov. 30
Dir. Jacques Demy, France, 1982, 90min, NR, New DCP Restoration
In French with English subtitles
Set during the 1955 shipyard strikes in Demy’s hometown of Nantes, A ROOM IN TOWN stars Danielle Darrieux as a widowed former baroness who now must rent a room to a metalworker to make ends meet.

Jacques_DemyTHE PIED PIPER
Nov. 25
Dir. Jacques Demy, UK/USA, 1972, 90min, NR, 35mm
Jacques Demy’s dark, politically charged version of the famous fairy tale crosses the fanciful ambience of Demy’s DONKEY SKIN with the
bleak medievalism of Bergman’s THE SEVENTH SEAL to stunning (and often shocking) effect.

JACQUOT DE NANTES
Nov. 26
Dir. Agnès Varda, France, 1991, 118min, PG, 35mm
In French with English subtitles
Directed by Jacques Demy’s wife Agnès Varda while Demy neared death, this charming and formally inventive biopic is not only a beautiful depiction of the director’s life and work but also a treasurable addition to the great tradition of films about children.

DONKEY SKIN
Nov. 27, Nov. 30
Dir. Jacques Demy, France, 1970, 90min, PG, New DCP Restoration
In French with English subtitles
Catherine Deneuve plays a double role in Jacques Demy’s spectacular mounting of Charles Perrault’s 17th-century fairy tale.

THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG
Nov. 28-29, Dec. 1
Dir. Jacques Demy, France, 1964, 90min, PG, New DCP Restoration
In French song with English subtitles
Catherine Deneuve became a star in Jacques Demy’s enchanting and gorgeously stylized musical classic.

THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT
Nov. 28, Nov. 30, and Dec. 1
Dir. Jacques Demy, France, 1967, 126min, PG, New DCP Restoration
In English and French with English subtitles
Catherine Deneuve and her real-life sibling Françoise Dorléac star as musically inclined twin sisters on the lookout for love in Jacques Demy’s exuberant tribute to Hollywood musicals.

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