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Jacques Demy, 1964
Surely the most gloriously colour-saturated film ever made, Jacques Demy’s heartbreaking love story launched the luminous 19-year-old Catherine Deneuve as an international vedette and changed our ideas about musicals forever more.
Entirely sung to Michel Legrand’s soaring score, segueing between melodrama and the mundane, the story of young Genevieve and her ill-fated love for car-mechanic Guy in a stiflingly bourgeois French town is every bit as joyous and touching 50 years on in this newly restored edition. And the wallpaper is just as magnifique.
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