The amazing cinematic universe of Jacques Demy essentially starts with Anouk Aimée. The distinctively beautiful French actor had recently made a splash in Federico Fellini’s hit La dolce vita when she was cast as the title lovelorn music-hall chanteuse in Demy’s 1961 debut feaure, Lola. In this supplement included in our Essential Jacques Demy box set, Aimée appears in both 1995 and 2012, interviewed each time by Demy’s widow, the filmmaker Agnès Varda. Aimée talks about how Demy selected her to star in the film and the challenge of playing such an overtly sexy role.
Career Women in the Land of Lubitsch
Critics Molly Haskell and Farran Smith Nehme talk about the highly idiosyncratic heroines who populate Ernst Lubitsch’s comedies, including the protagonist of his final film, Cluny Brown.
Ritwik Ghatak’s Pursuit of Truth Beyond Realism
Acclaimed Indian filmmakers Saeed Akhtar Mirza and Kumar Shahani discuss how the Bengali master mixed expressionism and naturalism in his devastating domestic tragedy The Cloud-Capped Star.
A Howl of Defiance from the Italian Sixties
Marco Bellocchio’s subversive debut feature, Fists in the Pocket, emerged out of a period of social unrest, taking aim at both bourgeois values and Catholic hypocrisy.