THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT: Where We Meet Music

THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT: Where We Meet Music

La La Land was one of last year's big hits, and if you've read much about it, you've probably heard Jacques Demy cited as an influence. And he should be – not for nothing does the word "parapluies" appear near the place where La La Land's main character works, a direct shout-out to the French title of Demy's The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Of course, it would be a mistake to put too much emphasis on him when La La Land draws on plenty of other influences, including various strains of American musical, Nicholas Ray, Powell and Pressburger, and maybe even Alfred Hitchcock.

DAGUERROTYPE: A Clinical History

DAGUERROTYPE: A Clinical History

When the title card appears in Daguerrotype, it announces the film as "Le secret de le chambre noire". That title reflects the film's goals as a dark, foreboding ghost mystery, and it probably does so better than the title "Daguerrotype" does. But what I like about the title Daguerrotype (misspelled though it might be), is that it refers to the most interesting part of the film:

THE STORY OF THE LAST CHRYSANTHEMUMS: A Devastating Cycle of Sacrifice

THE STORY OF THE LAST CHRYSANTHEMUM: A Devastating Cycle Of Sacrifice

Kenji Mizoguchi’s The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum follows Kikunosuke and Otoku, a young couple in late 19th Century Japan. Kikunosuke is the adopted son of a famous kabuki house, and an emerging kabuki actor; Otoku is one of his family’s servants. Most people, including his adopted father, think Kikunosuke is no good as an actor, but they only criticize him behind his back.