Lola

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.

Film Info

  • Jacques Demy
  • France
  • 1961
  • 88 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 2.35:1
  • French
  • Spine #714

Special 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

Available In

Collector's Set

The Essential Jacques Demy

The Essential Jacques Demy

Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Box Set

13 Discs

$99.96

Special 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
Lola
Cast
Anouk Aimée
Lola
Marc Michel
Roland Cassard
Alan Scott
Frankie
Elina Labourdette
Madame Desnoyers
Annie Dupéroux
Cécile Desnoyers
Jacques Harden
Michel
Credits
Director
Jacques Demy
Written by
Jacques Demy
Original music by
Michel Legrand
Cinematographer
Raoul Coutard
Set decoration and costumes
Bernard Evein
Editor
Anne-Marie Cotret
Producer
Georges de Beauregard

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Raoul Coutard

Cinematographer

Perhaps the most famous cinematographer of the nouvelle vague, Raoul Coutard shot more than seventy-five films during his forty-three-year career. A war photographer (in Indochina) turned freelance photojournalist (his images appeared in Paris Match and Look), Coutard turned to film, hesitantly, only in the late fifties. After fumbling his way through a few film assignments (he was inexperienced with a movie camera), he was hired by producer Georges de Beauregard to shoot the debut film of a young critic named Jean-Luc Godard. His ragged, incisive shooting style on Breathless became iconic in modern cinema, and Godard kept him on board for the rest of the sixties and beyond, while other directors, like François Truffaut, Jacques Demy, Jean Rouch, and Costa-Gavras, also called upon his skills. His exacting images, which vary from rich and luxurious to gritty and documentary-like, can be seen in countless indelible films, including Shoot the Piano Player, Jules and Jim, Contempt, Alphaville, Pierrot le fou, and Z.