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Catherine Deneuve

February 2, 2010

Solo, this time.

Many of her movies of the 1960s are such very beautiful things in and of themselves, that they function like a stunning setting for the jewel she is. The video posted yesterday showed a glimpse of the candy-colored cuteness that’s typical of them. (It must have been wonderful working on a Jacques Demy film.)

Les Demoiselles of Rochefort has much in common, including the director (Demy) and lead actress (Deneuve) with his earlier classic, Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg). Every word of Parapluies is sung, not spoken, and the music is Michel Legrand’s. When the story makes you as sad as the sets and costuming make you happy, you’ve found a movie that will really stay with you.

Here’s the ending of Parapluies if you don’t mind having it spoiled:

I also recommend Belle De Jour (of course).

Her singing voice was dubbed in both Parapluies and Desmoiselles, but later on, she had a recording career of her own. Here are a few of her songs:

Toi Jamais

Overseas Telegram

Oh Soliman

And just for kicks, one of her Chanel No. 5 commercials from the ’70s.

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