The Enchanted World of Filmmaker Jacques Demy

The Enchanted World of Filmmaker Jacques Demy

The cinematographic  works of Jacques Demy have contributed to the creation of a unique world. This world includes harbor cities like Marseille, Nice, Cherbourg and Los Angeles. It also includes romantic adventures that revel in the power of the imagination. Throughout his film directing career, Demy was responsible for 18 films and he wanted his works to all be linked to one another through various themes.

Demy’s themes manifested themselves in a colorful cast of characters who were displayed in impressive musical explosions that appeared onscreen with meticulous precisions. All of this is accented by a magical mise-en-scene that became one of Demy’s trademarks. In fact, Demy was known as one of the biggest perfectionists of French film, always striving to get the perfect take.

What’s more, he was one of the few French filmmakers to question and participate in the future of the movie musical. Now, the fairies, blue-collar workers, twins and dreamy artists of Demy’s world are coming to the Cinémathèque Française from April 10 to August 4, 2013. Guests staying at the Hôtel de la Tour Maubourg can see the exhibition dedicated to Jacques Demy during their stay in Paris.

The filmmaker’s torrent of jazzy rhythms, emphasized by the magnificent effect of the French language, were interpreted by some of the most talented performers of the time. The exhibition recreates a multicolored atmosphere that plunges visitors straight into scenes from Demy films.

Although Demy’s career slowed down in the 1970s, his legacy has lived on and influenced directors who came after him. Demy died in 1990 but not before being captured on film himself, in a documentary called ‘Jacquot de Nantes,’ created by his partner Agnès Varda.