Jacques Demy

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Jacques Demy (born June 5, 1931 in Pontchâteau , † October 27, 1990 in Paris ) was a French film director .

Jacques Demy's grave in the Montparnasse Cemetery in Paris

life and work

His greatest success was the film The Umbrellas of Cherbourg , which marked the international breakthrough for the leading actress Catherine Deneuve and was awarded the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival in 1964 . “Demy's shameless preference for happy nostalgia is at odds with the beliefs of his contemporaries, whose work is much more political, but he shares with them the knowledgeable love of cinema that is expressed in quotes in his work ... and his mastery of film technique is perfect. "

In 1967, Die Regenschirme was followed by another work of art for which Michel Legrand composed the music again , the jazz music film The Girls of Rochefort , in which Catherine Deneuve played again, this time with her then more famous sister Françoise Dorléac , who before the premiere at a Car accident died. In addition to the two sisters, Jacques Perrin , Michel Piccoli , Danielle Darrieux and the Americans George Chakiris , Grover Dale and Gene Kelly acted . With the exception of Darrieux, all actors were dubbed while singing. Perrin and Deneuve soon starred in another Demy Legrand film, Eselshaut and Darrieux and Piccoli later in A Room in the City .

Jacques Demy was married to the director Agnès Varda from 1962 until his death and is the father of Mathieu Demy . He died of AIDS in 1990 .


B = script, D = actor, R = direction, P = production

  • 1960: Lola, the girl from the harbor (Lola) - (R, B)
  • 1961: The Seven Deadly Sins (Les sept péchés capitaux) - (B, R of an episode)
  • 1962: The blonde sinner (La baie des ans) - (B, R)
  • 1964: The umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les parapluies de Cherbourg) - (B, R)
  • 1967: The Girls of Rochefort (Les demoiselles de Rochefort) - (B, R)
  • 1968: Das Fotomodell (The Model Shop) - (R, B, P)
  • 1970: Donkey skin (Peau d'âne) - (R, B)
  • 1971: The Pied Piper (The Pied Piper) - (B, R)
  • 1973: The maternity trousers (L'événement le plus important depuis l'homme a marché sur la lune) - (B, R)
  • 1978: Lady Oscar - (R)
  • 1982: A room in the city (Une chambre en ville) - (R, B)
  • 1989: Trois places pour le 26 (film musical; homage to the actor and chansonnier Yves Montand , who plays himself)
  • 1991: Jacquot (Jacquot de Nantes) - Director: Agnès Varda - (D; his autobiography served as the template for the script)


Kristina Köhler (ed.): Jacques Demy (= film concepts , vol. 56). Munich 2020. ISBN 978-3-86916-869-2 .

Astrid Ofner (Ed.): Retrospective Demy / Varda. Viennale, Vienna 2006. ISBN 978-3-89472-433-7 .

Web links

Commons : Jacques Demy  - Collection of images, videos and audio files


  1. rororo film dictionary. Rowohlt Taschenbuch Verlag, Reinbek bei Hamburg 1978, Volume 4, p. 917, ISBN 3-499-16233-4