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The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967)

Les demoiselles de Rochefort (original title)
Two sisters leave their small seaside town of Rochefort in search of romance. Hired as carnival singers, one falls for an American musician, while the other must search for her ideal partner.

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Etienne
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Solange Garnier (as Françoise Dorleac)
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Simon Dame
Jacques Riberolles ...
Guillaume Lancien
Grover Dale ...
Bill
Geneviève Thénier ...
Josette (as Geneviève Thenier)
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Subtil Dutrouz (as Henri Cremieux)
Pamela Hart ...
Judith
Leslie North ...
Esther
Patrick Jeantet ...
Bouboo Garnier
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Andy Miller
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Yvonne Garnier
René Pascal ...
Pépé (as René Bazart)
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Storyline

Delphine and Solange are two sisters living in Rochefort. Delphine is a dancing teacher and Solange composes and teaches the piano. Maxence is a poet and a painter. He is doing his military service. Simon owns a music shop, he left Paris once month ago to come back where he fell in love 10 years ago. They are looking for love, looking for each other, without being aware that their ideal partner is very close... A film whose scenario is much less important than its feeling of euphory, according to the director Jacques Demy. Written by Yepok

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A dazzling new musical treat from the creators of "Umbrellas of Cherbourg." See more »


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11 April 1968 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$10,162 (USA) (16 August 1998)

Gross:

$88,463 (USA) (27 September 1998)
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(70 mm prints)

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Jacques Demy wanted Gene Kelly to star in this film from the outset, however he had to wait two years before Gene Kelly was free of other commitments. See more »

Goofs

In the dance sequences when Andy first arrives, the dancers are in full sun in the street but by the end the shadows have almost covered the entire width of the street. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[in French, using English subtitles]
Bill: Set up here?
Etienne: OK.
Bill: OK.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Concerto (ballet)
(uncredited)
Written by Michel Legrand
Courtesy of Warner Chappell Music France /BMG Publishing
Danced by Gene Kelly and Françoise Dorléac
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Possibly my favourite musical, definitely an acquired taste, and YES there is an English version!
28 February 2001 | by (7 Craven Road, London, England) – See all my reviews

I just wanted to say I truly love this film and I do believe there will be a great deal of different opinions on it. My point in this post is that I have read in many places that the English language version of this film was never released and/or it's lost. This is not true at all as the first time I watched it was in English on television, late night during a stay in Brazil, with Portuguese subtitles. The catchphrase of "Je vais en Nantes, Je vais en perm' a Nantes" translated to "I'm going to Toulouse, I've nothing to lose."

The soundtrack is currently available on a fantastic new 2-CD set that replaces the long out-of-print 2 LP set, and includes the song "A Pair of Twins" in English! The LP, though, with its booklet and liner notes and pictures is a tough act to follow. Ah well.

I wish this movie would come out on DVD with both versions and greet a whole new generation of fans. Here's hoping this will happen within our lifetimes, while some of us are still young.

The Young Girls of Rochefort was an ambitious effort that paid off very generously in artistic terms but it was not as great a success in the box-office as Demy's previous "Umbrellas of Cherbourg". The score in "Rochefort" is sometimes a little repetitive but the soundtrack to me is the best one ever for a musical....or at least a French musical.


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