Jacques Demy

Une chambre en ville

Une chambre en ville

In this musical melodrama set against the backdrop of a workers’ strike in Nantes, Dominique Sanda plays a young woman who wishes to leave her brutish husband (Michel Piccoli) for an earthy steelworker (Richard Berry), though he is involved with another. Unbeknownst to the girl, the object of her affection boards with her no-nonsense baroness mother (Danielle Darrieux). A late-career triumph from Jacques Demy, Une chambre en ville received nine César Award nominations and features a rich, operatic score by Michel Colombier.

Film Info

  • Jacques Demy
  • France
  • 1982
  • 93 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • French
  • Spine #719

Special Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Jacques Demy, A to Z, a new visual essay by film critic James Quandt
  • Q&A with Demy from the 1987 Midnight Sun Film Festival
  • Filmmaker Agnès Varda’s 1995 documentary The World of Jacques Demy
  • Varda’s 1993 documentary The Young Girls Turn 25, on the DVD
  • 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 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Jacques Demy, A to Z, a new visual essay by film critic James Quandt
  • Q&A with Demy from the 1987 Midnight Sun Film Festival
  • Filmmaker Agnès Varda’s 1995 documentary The World of Jacques Demy
  • Varda’s 1993 documentary The Young Girls Turn 25, on the DVD
  • Restoration demonstration
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
Une chambre en ville
Cast
Dominique Sanda
Édith Langlois
Richard Berry
François
Danielle Darrieux
Margot Langlois
Michel Piccoli
Edmond
Fabienne Guyon
Violette
Jean-François Stévenin
Dambiel
Jean-Louis Rolland
Ménager
Credits
Director
Jacques Demy
Written by
Jacques Demy
Original music by
Michel Colombier
Cinematographer
Jean Penzer
Sound
André Hervée
Production designer
Bernard Evein
Costume designer
Rosalie Varda
Editor
Sabine Mamou

From The Current

Une chambre en ville: Love and Death
Une chambre en ville: Love and Death

Combining a tragic romance and the story of a workers’ strike, this musical melodrama is perhaps Jacques Demy’s most neglected masterpiece.

By Geoff Andrew

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Jacques Demy and Nantes: The Roots of Enchantment
Jacques Demy and Nantes: The Roots of Enchantment

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.

By Jean-Pierre Berthomé

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Demy Monde
Demy Monde

Film scholar James Quandt created a nearly hour-long visual essay for our new collector’s set The Essential Jacques Demy. Titled Jacques Demy, A to Z, it elaborates on twenty-six concepts important to understanding the cinema of this singular filmm…

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