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The lore and past life of Young Girls of Rochefort
Thorkell A Ottarsson from Norway
22 November 2013
It was 25 years since Jacques Demy made Young Girls of Rochefort in
(yes you guessed it correctly) Rochefort, a small harbor town which has
little to boast off other than this famous and wonderful French musical
was made there.
So Varda is invited to the celebration of the big day (well 3 months)
in the life of the inhabitants who have seen the film countless time
and regard it as one of the high points in their history. Streets are
named in honor of this film, the town is painted in the colors of the
film and people dress up like the characters of the film.
Varda interviews people who took part in making the film, people who
stood at the sidelines and watched (and felt like this was a huge and
wonderful party) and the shop keepers who had never made as much money.
We often forget how much a film can mean to the local people where it
is filmed, especially if it is filmed in a small unknown place. The
film is magical but its life does not stop there. It casts its spell
over a town which thrives on those memories of Catherine Deneuve and
Gene Kelly danced on their streets and become a part of its lore, an
extension of its life. It is this past life Varda captures so well in
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