Jacques Demy

June 5, 1931October 27, 1990

He appeared in the wake of the French New Wave alongside contemporaries like Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut. Demy's films are celebrated for their sumptuous visual style. Demy's style drew upon such diverse sources as classic Hollywood musicals, the documentary realism of his New Wave colleagues, fairy-tales, jazz, Japanese manga, and the opera. His films contain overlapping continuity (i.e., characters cross over from film to film), lush musical scores (typically composed by Michel Legrand) and motifs like teenaged love, labor rights, incest, and the intersection between dreams and reality. He is best known for the two musicals he directed in the mid-1960s: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) and The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967).
He was married to Agnès Varda.

Lola (1961), Anouk Aimée, Marc Michel, Jacques Harden

Les demoiselles de Rochefort (1967Catherine Deneuve, George Chakiris, Françoise Dorléac

Peau d'âne (1970Catherine Deneuve, Jean Marais, Jacques Perrin