Les Demoiselles de Rochefort

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Dir. Jacques Demy

France 1967 | Colour | 126 mins | Cert U | Musical

Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Françoise Dorléac, Gene Kelly

Adding dance to the magical mix that made his earlier The Umbrellas of Cherbourg such a delight, Jacques Demy here created one of the most stylish and joyously exuberant musicals ever made.

Set over one weekend in a pastel-painted Rochefort, Demy’s sometimes poignant, always exhilarating masterpiece concerns various characters – twins who teach dance and music (real life siblings Deneuve and Dorléac), their café-proprietor mother (Danielle Darrieux), a music-shop owner (Michel Piccoli), his American composer friend (Kelly), an artist in the navy (Jacques Perrin) and a couple of visiting carnival performers (George Chakiris and Grover Dale) – all involved in a search for love and happiness. Michel Legrand’s best-ever score, Demy’s witty scenario, Bernard Evein’s stunning art direction and the playing of all concerned make for a wonderfully summery celebration of life’s seductive capacity to surprise and, just occasionally, to match our dreams.

— Geoff Andrew

Available on: DVD, 35mm

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