I love the films of Jacques Demy.
He was a uniquely gifted film director.
Films like "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" and "The Young Girls of Rochefort" are extraordinary achievements.
His sensibility was rare.
Recently, I saw a film of his - a Hollywood film - that has fallen through the cracks - "Model Shop", which was made for Columbia Pictures and starred Anouk Aimee and Gary Lockwood.
Technically, it is a sequel to one of Demy's early and famous films, "Lola".
But, although Gary Lockwood's character does meet Lola and get to know her, the film seems to be much more about him and his unhappiness.
He is a troubled young man.
Gary Lockwood's fine performance and Jacques Demy's sensitive direction really capture the young man's indecisive existence.
Early Jacques Demy films like "Bay of Angels" and "Lola" are celebrated for capturing the essence of their female protagonists.
And "Model Shop" should be celebrated for capturing a young man's world, too.
It's unusual to see a film by a male director that is so attuned to its' male protagonist.
"Model Shop" is a film that should not have fallen through the cracks!