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.
Donald Richie Uncovers the Traces of a Lost Japan
In collaboration with director Lucille Carra, the renowned writer brought his impressionistic travelogue The Inland Sea—an unusual choice for a film adaptation—to the big screen.
A Palette That Sizzles On-Screen
Filmmaker Darnell Martin and writer Nelson George discuss how vividly Do the Right Thing captures the heat of a Brooklyn summer and the diverse skin tones of its cast of color.
A Genius of French Cinema Delivers a Career-Defining Performance
Raimu is at his subtle best in one of the most moving scenes in The Baker’s Wife, a moment in which the actor channels the collective despair of France’s working class.