Jacques Demy and the Origins of Dreams
When he died in 1990 the director Jacques Demy left behind a unique and unclassifiable body of work whose elegance and apparent lightness only just mask its deeply serious nature.
Jacques Demy et les racines du rêve by Jean-Pierre Berthomé presents this double-sided aspect of the director through interviews with the filmmaker, his friends, his actors and associates, film analyses and accounts that are interwoven, astutely and methodically, between life and the cinema, image by image.
First published in 1982, Jacques Demy et les racines du rêve was reissued in a new edition in 1996 with the addition of three new chapters on Parking, Trois places pour le 26 and the films that Agnès Varda dedicated to Demy.
This new definitive version has also been augmented in two ways: firstly, in the addition after certain chapters of supplementary information that the author has discovered over the past few years; secondly, a discussion in a final chapter on how Demy’s films and their interpretation have stood the passage of time.
It is accompanied by a 16 page booklet of previously unpublished photos: photos exclusively from the sets of Lola and La Baie des Anges created by the author of the work.