The Young Girls of Rochefort (Les Demoiselles de Rochefort) (1969)
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Jacques Demy directed this frothy tribute to the Hollywood musicals of the 1940s, a follow-up to his earlier success The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964). Twin sisters Delphine and Solange (played by real-life sisters Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorleac) live in the small coastal town of Rochefort, where they run a school teaching dancing and music. Both feel frustrated in Rochefort, and they dream of travelling to Paris, where they believe romance and opportunity awaits them. Meanwhile, their
Apr 11, 1968 Wide
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A luminous musical about dreams, romance and destiny which lovingly reworks the classic Hollywood 'putting on a show' template into an essay on the emotional rollercoaster ride that is movie-going.
It has charm, sustained human observation, mixed with catchy music, dances and songs to come up as a tuner with grace and dynamism.
Even in the midst of all those cheerful French blues and cherry reds, Demy has shown us his characters' longing so vividly that it can never quite be erased.
Here is romantic intrigue served up with a knowing lack of shame, a musical boasting star power of the highest magnitude that satirizes the conventions of the movie musical with affection and wicked glee.
The true pleasures of The Young Girls of Rochefort are its smaller touches.
The fondant-fancy colours make the film all the more escapist, yet some pop songs can pierce you to the core.
An intriguing mix of French New Wave and Hollywood Musical, this still succeeds in sweeping you off your feet.
Reminiscent of a Shakespearean comedy and seems to tap into a romantic yearning that is hardwired into our DNA. Absolutely sublime.
There's something irresistibly swinging, even promiscuous, about the whole affair.
What makes the film so lovable and still so gladsomely alive today is how closely it hews to Demy's distinctive, celebratory vision of life.
Life affirming dance routines, the wonderful music of Michel Legrand and effervescent presence of Catherine Deneuve, her real life sister Françoise Dorléac, George Chakiris and Gene Kelly; what more could you want?
I like it better than the decidedly more grim The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.
Elaborate, romantic French musical, follow-up to "Umbrellas of Cherbourg
This is a film about music and color, an impressive follow-up to the similar The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Friends and family on my Christmas list might just see this disc in their stocking
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