From Sunday, December 22 to Wednesday, January 1
At Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St)
If you’ve ever felt that the world would be a better place if people talked less and sung and danced a lot more, then you already have an affinity for the enchanting vision of Jacques Demy. His twin masterpieces - Umbrellas of Cherbourg and The Young Girls of Rochefort (both starring Catherine Deneuve) - are operatic melodramas of sorrow and joy, respectively. Add to these Anouk Aimee in Lola and Model Shop, Jeanne Moreau in Bay of Angels, and Dominique Sanda in Une Chambre en ville, and you have one of the most beguiling careers in cinema.
All newly restored on DCP, with English subtitles.
The world of Jacques Demy: "Of all the New Wave directors who once professed their joy in cinema, Demy remained most faithful to the delights of sight and sound and to the romance of movie iconography" - David Thomson
Lola: "Taps deep into a dreamy and wistful romantic spirit." - Blake Lucas, Defining Moments in Movies
Donkey Skin: "Like Demy’s other movies it’s one of a kind, at once monstrously Oedipal and charmingly infantile; Deneuve manages to be both hilarious and touching in her donkey drag." - J. Hoberman
Umbrellas of Cherbourg: "Surely one of the most romantic films ever made." - A.O. Scott, New York Times
Bay of Angels: "So existential, so romantic…" - Fernando F. Croce
The Young Girls of Rochefort: "The movie equivalent of finest vintage Champagne." - Trevor Johnston,1000 Films to Change Your Life
Une chambre en ville: "A masterly effort to understand what is profound, what lies beneath, life’s melody." - Armond White, New York Film Critics Choice
Model Shop: "One of the great movies about LA." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out Film Guide