Jacquot de Nantes (1991)
Ever wondered how film-makers are made? Or what influenced the French New Wave? Or why there is so much singing in Jacques Demy’s movies? This movie goes a fair way to answering these and many other questions about the life and work of Jacques Demy. The juxtaposition of filmed episodes from his life with filmed episodes from his movies makes for an interesting story or myth about his film-making: that it was semi-autobiographical, directly influenced by his childhood. If this is true then it does explain the childlike quality of some of his films. The colours and set designs of films like Les Parapluies de Cherbourg reflect the puppet shows that obsessed the young Demy. However his childhood, though happy, was not entirely innocent and neither are his films – for all their gaiety and romantic qualities. If you are intrigued by the films of Jacques Demy, then you may well find this film captivating. If you haven’t seen many then this will make you eager to see more.