Lola (1961)

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Jacques Demy's auspicious debut -- a musical without music set in the port city of Nantes -- stars Anouk Aimée as the title character, a cabaret singer awaiting the return of Michel (Jacques Hardin), her long-absent lover and the father of her child. Michel went to America seven years ago and promised to return when he became rich. In Michel's absence, Lola is being courted by her childhood friend Roland (Marc Michel) and American sailor Frankie (Allan Scott). At some point, it seems that Lola will settle down with one of them, but her heart still belongs to Michel. The film is dedicated to Max Ophüls and the film title obviously alludes to Ophüls' Lola Montes as well as to the heroine of Josef Von Sternberg's The Blue Angel. Marc Michel makes a reference to his unrequited love towards Lola when he reappears in Demy's The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964).~ Yuri German, All Movie Guide


  • Anouk Aimée
  • Marc Michel
  • Jacques Harden
  • Alan Scott
  • Elina Labourdette
  • Margo Lion
  • Annie Duperoux
  • Catherine Lutz
  • Corinne Marchand
  • Yvette Anziani

Did You Know?


  • Jacques Demy's first film is a tribute to Max Ophüls.
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    • Lola: I laugh because no one calls me Cecile anymore. My stage name is Lola, everyone calls me that.
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Soft, evanescent and bittersweet.

Metacritic review by Edward Guthmann
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

Jacques Demy showed up with the lightest touch with his 1960 Lola, a movie that has been called a musical without music.

Metacritic review by Jami Bernard
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News

Shot in black and white by the renowned Raoul Coutard, and with a score by Michel Legrand, the film represents an idealized view of reality that will strike some viewers (including this one) as overly sentimental.

Jean Oppenheimer
New Times (L.A.)