• France
  • 1961
  • 88 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 2.35:1
  • French
  •  
  • Spine #714

Jacques Demy’s crystalline debut gave birth to the fictional universe in which so many of his characters would live, play, and love. It’s among his most profoundly felt films, a tale of crisscrossing lives in Nantes (Demy’s hometown) that floats on waves of longing and desire. Heading the film’s ensemble is the enchanting Anouk Aimée as the title character, a cabaret chanteuse who’s awaiting the return of a long-lost lover and unwilling to entertain the adoration of another love-struck soul, the wanderer Roland (Marc Michel). Humane, wistful, and witty, Lola is a testament to the resilience of the heartbroken.

Cast

LolaAnouk Aimée
Roland CassardMarc Michel
FrankieAlan Scott
Madame DesnoyersElina Labourdette
Cécile DesnoyersAnnie Dupéroux
MichelJacques Harden

Credits

DirectorJacques Demy
Written byJacques Demy
Original music byMichel Legrand
CinematographerRaoul Coutard
Set decoration and costumesBernard Evein
EditorAnne-Marie Cotret
ProducerGeorges de Beauregard

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Interview with actor Anouk Aimée from 2012, conducted by filmmaker Agnès Varda
  • Interview with Varda from 2012 on the origin of Lola’s song
  • Four short films by director Jacques Demy: Les horizons morts (1951), Le sabotier du Val de Loire (1956), Ars (1959), and La luxure (1962)
  • Restoration demonstration
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation

Film Essays

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Jacques Demy and Nantes: The Roots of Enchantment

July 31, 2014

A friend and longtime scholar of Jacques Demy ruminates on the great director’s career, as well as the port hometown they shared—which would become a magical movie location. Read more »


Film Essays

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Lola: Demy’s Paradise Found

By Ginette Vincendeau July 21, 2014

Anouk Aimée’s beguiling chanteuse, the title character of Jacques Demy’s romantic debut feature, is the figure from whom the director’s entire cinematic world springs. Read more »

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Clippings

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Film Picks from Agnès Varda, Arnaud Desplechin, Olivier Assayas, and More

November 06, 2015

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Behind the Scenes


Film Essays

27932id_010_t_thumbnail

Jacques Demy and Nantes: The Roots of Enchantment

July 31, 2014

A friend and longtime scholar of Jacques Demy ruminates on the great director’s career, as well as the port hometown they shared—which would become a magical movie location. Read more »


Interviews


Photo Galleries


Film Essays

27932id_001_t_thumbnail

Lola: Demy’s Paradise Found

By Ginette Vincendeau July 21, 2014

Anouk Aimée’s beguiling chanteuse, the title character of Jacques Demy’s romantic debut feature, is the figure from whom the director’s entire cinematic world springs. Read more »

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