93 Great Directors: Jacques Demy

“I wanted to make people cry – to think of their first love.”

What Got This Director Here?
: Umbrellas of Cherbourg.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Umbrellas of Cherbourg.

What Did I Watch: Donkey Skin.

Where Does He Fit: Donkey Skin has an abundance of quirkiness to recommend to it, with Delphine Seyrig having a grand old time and Jean Marais having fun with his Cocteau homage: after all, what is this but a love letter from a cinephile? It has a throne shaped like a stuffed cat, which sums up the entire Jacques Demy ethos, a mix of tacky and wonderful to look at. The songs are not as good as Umbrellas and the entire nature of the film is a little limited by just how quirky it is, but as a flirt with fairytales and tropes, it’s great fun and should lift any mood.


Most Valuable Asset: A love and awareness of how stupid musicals are.
Most Excited For: Young Girls of Rochefort.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes.

Coming Up Next: Jacques Rivette, breaking the fourth wall.


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