Jacques Demy
FRA, I 1960
85 min

Demy's insouciant first feature - shot by Raoul Coutard in black-and-white cinema-scope in Demy's hometown of Nantes - is also his most New Wave. Dedicated to Max Ophüls, Lola begins with a white Cadillac convertible parked on a French beach. American sailors roam through the port (seemingly played by French actors speaking phonetic English) and a sad young man, just fired from his boring job, seeks solace in an obscure Mark Robson movie with an aging Gary Cooper. This fondness for a fantasy America extends to Lola's heroine. Anouk Aimée's romantic character may be named for Marlene Dietrich's femme fatale, but basically she's playing Marilyn Monroe in River of No Return or Bus Stop - at once brazen and vulnerable, full of breathy chatter and giggly innocence. «There's a bit of happiness in simply wanting happiness», she explains. (J. Hoberman)

  • Anouk Aimée - Lola/Cécile
  • Marc Michel - Roland
  • Jacques Harden - Michel
  • Alan Scott - Frankie
  • Elina Labourdette - Madame Desnoyers
  • Jacques Demy
  • Raoul Coutard
  • Anne-Marie Cotret
  • Michel Legrand
  • Bernard Evein
  • Bernard Evein
Carlo Ponti und Georges de Beauregard für Rome-Paris Films

Roissy Films

35 mm
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