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The Young Girls of Rochefort pays colorful homage to classic Hollywood musicals while earning its own emotionally affecting place of honor in the genre.
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A euphoric swirl of sherbet colors, Jacques Demy's Hollywood-musical homage The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967) elevates even the most mundane actions to the spectacular ...
Despite the consistently sprightly surface, there's a somber undercurrent that lingers even when love triumphs and the music swells.
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.
There's something irresistibly swinging, even promiscuous, about the whole affair.
It has charm, sustained human observation, mixed with catchy music, dances and songs to come up as a tuner with grace and dynamism.
Jolliest of the Demy-Michel Legrand operettas.
They have very impressive dancing throughout and all the costumes and colors are so dazzling.
From its opening jazzy dance on a ferry, which becomes a veritable magic carpet floating above a sparkling river before the scene is over, it's a delight.
If Hollywood is the dream factory, Demy's The Young Girls of Rochefort is one heck of a factory knock-off. And being French, it has an oblique ending that also seems to have influenced [La La Land].
Hit musical La La Land drew inspiration from The Young Girls of Rochefort and it deserves revisitation; it is one of the greatest films of the 1960s.
The true pleasures of The Young Girls of Rochefort are its smaller touches.
The results are a bit like eating too much ice cream sundae.
In "The Young Girls of Rochefort," twin sisters Delphine(Catherine Deneuve) and Solange(Francoise Dorleac) teach music in a small town, dreaming of the big city, while their mother Yvonne(Danielle Darrieux) tends bar. In the meantime, the big city will just have to come to them when the carnival comes to town. So, when Etienne(George Chakiris) and Bill(Grover Dale) are not performing, they also have the time to pick up Yvonne's younger son Boubou(Patrick Jeantet) from school.
Pulling off an old-fashioned musical could be a challenge at the best of times, but considering "The Young Girls of Rochefort" was made after they went out of fashion, this was an all the more impressive and entertaining win for Jacques Demy, fitting it also nicely into the wider Demyverse. But the movie does get weighed down by enough plot for ten movies that also includes a running joke about a character's name being Dame, a Gemini spaceship reference that I got despite being born a year after this movie was made and I am pretty sure there was also a murder mystery somewhere. At the same time, there is Michel Piccoli singing, Catherine Deneuve playing the trumpet and Gene Kelly singing in French and dancing, showing he still had it in his second to last film role.
The musical numbers seriously look like they came out of a porno - but a charming, classy, softcore kind of porno (especially the twins one!). That's pretty much how I'd describe this entire movie - innocently, campily sexual.
Marvelous, whimsical and fun. I can only rank this film second to the Umbrellas of Cherbourg.
"the young girls of rochefort" is the dynamic french musical classic with a fairly young angelic catherine deneuve. and it is restricted to people who have an acceptance to the cliched parisian naivete of french romanticism. the storyline is delineated with an innocent stroke of ever after fairy tale which could be mindless but exquisitedly cherographed and the music is brighteningly melodic.
how about the story? absolutely corny and it's about "love"(amour) again. it's about two female ingenunes who seek for the ideal dream lovers. it shows its fatalistic belief in love and bond arranged in the heaven that is not a topic suited for cynist. but it's so contrived to the histrionic pretense that is meant not to be taken seriously for relaxation. but the stage effects of backset, constumes and techicolor tones are well-adjusted and that makes it highly watchable and warmingly cute if you disregard their smug poise to sing and dance on the streets and exclaims "i'm in love!" and this silliness requires the leads who are charismatic enough to sell it, catherine deneuve and francoise dorleac would be in this niche with their looks and light-weighted voice.
it is amazing to see deneuve kicking her leg, holding her girlish hat in musical then stripped off naked as the masochist in "belle de jour" which is also released in 1968. "the young girls of rochefort" proves the diverse caliber of catherine deneuve.
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