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Cast

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Anouk Aimée ... Herself
Richard Berry ... Himself
Nino Castelnuovo ... Himself

Danielle Darrieux ... Herself

Catherine Deneuve ... Herself
Françoise Fabian ... Herself

Harrison Ford ... Himself
Claude Mann ... Himself
Marc Michel ... Himself

Jeanne Moreau ... Herself

Jacques Perrin ... Himself

Michel Piccoli ... Himself

Dominique Sanda ... Herself
Anne Vernon ... Herself
Caroline Bongrand ... Une demoiselle de l'Allée Raffet
Marine Landrot ... Une demoiselle de l'Allée Raffet
Camille Taboulay ... Une demoiselle de l'Allée Raffet

Michel Legrand ... Himself / Lui-même au piano

Michel Colombier ... Himself / Lui-même au piano
Gerald Ayres ... Himself (as Gérard Ayres)
Didier Baron ... Himself
Claude Berri ... Himself
Jean-Pierre Berthomé ... Himself
Mag Bodard ... Herself
Christian Chaudet ... Himself
Anne-Marie Cotret ... Herself
Hélène Demy ... Herself

Mathieu Demy ... Himself
Annie Duperoux ... Herself (as Annie Dupeyroux)
Bernard Evein ... Himself
Louise-Françoise Hervieu ... Herself
Henri Janin ... Himself
Martine Jouando ... Herself
Patricia Louisianna Knop ... Herself (as Patricia L. Knop)
Emmanuel Machuel ... Himself
Annie Maurel ... Herself
Dominique Païni ... Himself
Anne-Marie Rassam ... Herself

Bertrand Tavernier ... Himself
Bernard Toublanc-Michel ... Himself
Claude-Marie Trémois ... Herself
Rosalie Varda ... Herself (as Rosalie Varda-Demy)
Gérard Vaugeois ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Françoise Dorléac ... Herself (archive footage)

Jacques Demy ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Fernand Ledoux ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jean Marais ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Mathilda May ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Yves Montand ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jim Morrison ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Micheline Presle ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Delphine Seyrig ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

François Truffaut ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Agnès Varda ... Herself (uncredited)
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Directed by
Agnès Varda 
 
Writing credits
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Agnès Varda 

Original Music by
Michel Colombier 
Michel Legrand 
 
Cinematography by
Stéphane Krausz 
Peter Pilafian 
Georges Strouvé 
 
Film Editing by
Marie-Josée Audiard  (as Marie-Jo Audiard)
 
Sound Department
Thierry Ferreux .... sound
Jean-Luc Rault-Cheynet .... sound
 
Editorial Department
Agathe Devaux-Charbonnel .... assistant editor
 

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
After Demy the child in Jacquot, meet Demy the man and filmmaker, 4 May 2009
Author: OldAle1 from United States

Agnès Varda has over the past 20 years or so turned the lives and careers of both herself and her late husband Jacques Demy into something like a cottage industry; by my count at least 9 of her features and shorts from 1988 on have been directly autobiographical/biographical or essays on previous films. Many cineastes - particularly those allergic to nostalgia or to the filmmaker-as-critic might think such explorations to be excessively narcissistic - but they would be wrong I think. Each of the films that I've seen - "Jacquot de Nantes", "The Gleaners and I...Two Years Later", the short documentaries accompanying the Criterion disc of "Le bonheur", and this film - explore new ground, both intellectually and emotionally, and the careers of both filmmakers at this point stand as testaments to the value of intimate and repeated coverage of the same filmic territory - "film what you know." Most Americans will know only a few of Demy's films - "Lola", "Umbrellas of Cherbourg", "The Young Girls of Rochefort", "Donkey Skin" for example are the only ones I've seen - if they know any at all, so it was wonderful for me to learn that he had lived with his family in America for several years and made as many films in English as he did - given how generally unavailable - and poorly reviewed - much of his work is, I'd never bothered to look into much of it. Not that I wasn't interested, it was just a low priority, but Varda's film really gives one an idea of how much Demy's personality and obsessions - the city of Nantes, the American musical, fidelity, the tragedy of unrequited love - infuse even his lesser works; this reinvigorates my interest in getting hold of the other stuff, like his serious non-musical "Bay of Angels" (1963) or his serious political musical "Une chambre en ville" (1982). I'm also more interested in "Model Shop" (1969) knowing that it's the sequel to Lola, and that a very young Harrison Ford (interviewed for this film talking about his experience going into an LA sex shop with Demy as "research") was originally set to star in it.

Whereas Jacquot was more specifically autobiographical and explored Demy's early life before he became a filmmaker through extended clips of a few of his films and recreations of his early life, L'universe de Jacques Demy is a more straightforward examination of Demy the filmmaker, with, as Varda says a meandering, achronological approach that flits from one famous film from the 60s to a flop from the 80s, back to Demy's early animations and then forward again to a TV commission from the late 70s. It's beautifully edited, Varda has a talent for getting her interview subjects to focus briefly on one film and then move on to another time frame, where she can only follow. Most of the reminiscences are from Demy himself (shot apparently before he got sick, probably in the early 1980s) and his most significant collaborators (Varda herself, Michel Legrand, Catherine Deneuve, Michel Piccoli, etc), but there are also loving recollections of his films from "ordinary" people and some personal observations from his sister and his and Varda's children. There's also a wonderful tying-together of the beginning and ending with three young women, seen separately at different points in the film and then together at the finish, talking about what this filmmaker they never met meant to them, with the camera finally panning to his grave. It's a tribute to Varda's restraint and control that this is one of the few moments designed to provoke emotion - but by the time we get to it, it's certainly well-deserved.

I suppose I couldn't recommend this to anyone not already a fan of Demy and/or Varda, but to those few reading this who are, it's a must.

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