November 26, Film Movie Review. Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe. As eccentric as this may sound, Jacques Demy's Les demoiselles de Rochefort is my favorite musical. Yet despite my year addiction to the two-record sound track, the first time I was able to see the movie subtitled was a couple of weeks ago--helpful considering my faltering French. It's certainly the odd musical out in terms of both its singularity and its North American reputation--a large-scale tribute to Hollywood musicals shot exclusively in Rochefort in southwest France, and an unabashedly romantic paean to American energy and optimism that's quintessentially French. It has a score by Michel Legrand that's easily his best, offering an almost continuous succession of songs with lyrics by Demy, all written in alexandrines as is a climactic dinner scene that's spoken rather than sung ; choreography that ranges from mediocre Norman Maen's frenchified imitations of Jerome Robbins to sublime Gene Kelly's choreography of his own numbers ; and perhaps the most beautiful dovetailing of failed and achieved connections apart from Shakespeare and Jacques Tati's Playtime, shot during the same period.
The Young Girls of Rochefort
FILM : 'The Young Girls of Rochefort' | Season | Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo
Set and filmed in the French town of the title, this Jacques Demy-directed musical mostly takes place on the streets or in the central square, where just about everyone you see is dancing. I mean spinning and twirling and bounding about of their own accord in the corners of the frame, even if the focus of the scene is on two people talking in the foreground. Imagine a stage farce in which characters looking for each other keep entering the wrong room at just the wrong time. The first ones we meet are Etienne George Chakiris and Bill Grover Dale , traveling salesmen who produce elaborate stage shows at weekend festivals in hopes of selling motorcycles and boats. When two singers in their company ditch them, they set their eyes on sisters Delphine Catherine Deneuve and Solange Francoise Dorleac , local music instructors who dream of Paris.
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Les Demoiselles de Rochefort The Young Girls of Rochefort , the first musical comedy by Jacques Demy , is a delightful interlude filmed between the darker Umbrellas of Cherbourg and Model Shop Deneuve later played the dual role of the blonde girl and her redhead mother in Peau d'Ane Donkey Skin and went on to create a sassy tandem with the brunette Bernadette Lafont in Zig Zig Laszlo Szabo, Inseparable here, the blonde woman and her redhead opposite number complement each other.
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