Concluding Remarks
in Jacques Demy
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Jacques Demy's characters and narratives are often interlinked, that his heroes' and heroines' experiences are similar. Moreover, that his protagonists surmount the challenges they face facilitates their capacity to stay in the minds of the audience; Model Shop is a particularly apposite example. Although dismissed as nostalgic by some commentators, Demy's films can be seen as demonstrating foresight, as early commentaries on the nefarious effects of modernity and capitalism for affect and community. Many seem relevant decades after their production, when town centres have been irrevocably transformed and new media and technologies have immutably impacted on social relations. Demy's cinema plays out the tensions between predestiny and freedom of choice. Through his manipulation of time and space, his characters are forced to adopt strategies to cope with their environment, including perceiving the real, material world through a knowing, theatrical and/or fantastical lens.




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