Jacques Demy

1931 - 1990

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Jacques Demy (French pronunciation: [ʒak dəmi]; 5 June 1931 – 27 October 1990) was a French director, screenwriter and lyricist. He appeared at the height of the French New Wave alongside contemporaries like Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut. Demy's films are celebrated for their visual style, which drew upon diverse sources such as classic Hollywood musicals, the plein-air realism of his French New Wave colleagues, fairy tales, jazz, Japanese manga, and the opera. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jacques Demy has received more than 766,773 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Jacques Demy is the 137th most popular film director (up from 143rd in 2019), the 969th most popular biography from France (up from 992nd in 2019) and the 19th most popular French Film Director.

Jacques Demy is most famous for his musical films, including The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and The Young Girls of Rochefort.

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Among film directors, Jacques Demy ranks 137 out of 2,041Before him are Nikita Mikhalkov, Wong Kar-wai, Giuseppe Tornatore, Lasse Hallström, Erich von Stroheim, and Lewis Milestone. After him are Volker Schlöndorff, Moustapha Akkad, D. W. Griffith, Michael Cimino, Henri-Georges Clouzot, and Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

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Among people born in 1931, Jacques Demy ranks 52Before him are Michael Lonsdale, Richard Rorty, Kakuichi Mimura, John le Carré, Larry Hagman, and Burton Richter. After him are Faten Hamama, Lucia Bosè, James Earl Jones, Klaus Hasselmann, Viktor Korchnoi, and Ettore Scola. Among people deceased in 1990, Jacques Demy ranks 26Before him are Tunku Abdul Rahman, Lawrence Durrell, Bruno Bettelheim, Ilya Frank, Robert Hofstadter, and Sandro Pertini. After him are Keith Haring, Boris Shcherbina, Oldřich Nejedlý, Barbara Stanwyck, Bruno Kreisky, and Sergio Corbucci.

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Among people born in France, Jacques Demy ranks 969 out of 6,770Before him are André-Hercule de Fleury (1653), Karim Benzema (1987), Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741), Laura de Noves (1310), Thierry Henry (1977), and Jules de Polignac (1780). After him are Philip II, Duke of Savoy (1438), Christina of Lorraine (1565), Sophie of France (1734), Claude Perrault (1613), Pierre Janet (1859), and Gaston Maspero (1846).


Among film directors born in France, Jacques Demy ranks 19Before him are Robert Bresson (1901), René Clair (1898), Marcel Carné (1906), Jean-Pierre Melville (1917), Claude Lelouch (1937), and René Clément (1913). After him are Henri-Georges Clouzot (1907), Jean-Pierre Jeunet (1953), Alice Guy-Blaché (1873), Louis Malle (1932), Abel Gance (1889), and Jacques Rivette (1928).