The World of Jacques Demy (L’univers de Jacques Demy) (1995)

AGNES VARDA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  France/Belgium/Spain, 1995.  Canal+ Espana, Canal+, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Ciné Tamaris, DocStar, Institut National de L’Audiovisuel, La Sept-Arte, Ministere des Affaires Etrangeres et du Developpement International, Sofica Valor 2.  Screenplay by Agnes Varda.  Cinematography by Stephane Krausz, Peter Pilafian Georges Strouve.  Music by Michel Colombier, Michel Legrand. Film Editing by Marie-Josee Audiard.  Agnes…

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The Young Girls Turns 25 (Les Demoiselles Ont Eu 25 ans) (1993)

AGNES VARDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  France, 1993.  Ciné Tamaris.  Screenplay by Agnes Varda.  Cinematography by Alexandre Auffort, Stephane Krausz, Patrick Mounoud, Georges Strouve, Agnes Varda.  Music by Michel Legrand, Jacques Loussier.  Cannes Film Festival 1993. It’s astounding how much love and affection Agnes Varda packs into 64 very short minutes. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary…

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Naked Childhood (L’Enfance Nue)

BBBB (out of 5) The 400 Blows is a feel-good romantic comedy compared to this excellent exploration of troubled childhood, which sits comfortably in the afterglow of Truffaut’s classic.  Michel Terrazon is outstanding as a young boy being raised in a foster home that cannot deal with his truant and destructive behavior.  The system moves him…

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Donkey Skin (Peau D’Ane) (Once Upon A Time)

BBBB (out of 5) Hilarious fairy tale with a bent sense of humour, definitely targeted to grownups but perfectly suitable for children. Catherine Deneuve plays the luminous princess of a castle whose father promised her mother on her deathbed that he would never remarry unless he found another woman as beautiful as her. When his subjects…

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The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies De Cherbourg)

BBBB (out of 5) Taking the conventions of the musical genre and using a tragic storybook romance as a basis, director Jacques Demy and composer Michel Legrand present a fully-sung story about a young umbrella seller (Catherine Deneuve) who falls in love with a garage mechanic (Nino Castelnuovo) and wants to marry him.  As in…

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Au Hasard Balthazar

BBBBB (out of 5) Life, as it turns out, is really something else when seen through the eyes of a donkey. This exquisite tone poem by the great Robert Bresson is a beautiful tale about Balthazar, a donkey who is born to a loving family and then sold to a farming family whose daughter Marie…

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