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Saturday, May 24, 2008

LOLA (1961)

Jacques Demy’s debut holds up wonderfully, showing his sunny faux innocence w/ none of the strain that accretioned as his pics got better funded & smoother. Here, in a stylized series of character blackouts, he’s at his very best. As the cabaret dancer, who’s also the most good-natured of tarts, Anouk Aimee is enchanting. She deserves her adoring, amiable, lovestruck swains. The easy-going American sailor w/ passable french, "Franky," allows us to share in Demy ’s smiling disposition, & it's impossible not to. The swoony ending as Lola drives past her constant admirer, holds legit bittersweet regret. And if the dedication to the great Max Ophuls is wishful thinking for this trifle, it makes for a nice gesture.

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