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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.

Director:

Jacques Demy

Writer:

Jacques Demy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Deneuve ... Delphine Garnier
George Chakiris ... Etienne
Françoise Dorléac ... Solange Garnier
Jacques Perrin ... Maxence
Michel Piccoli ... Simon Dame
Jacques Riberolles Jacques Riberolles ... Guillaume Lancien
Grover Dale Grover Dale ... Bill
Geneviève Thénier Geneviève Thénier ... Josette
Henri Crémieux ... Subtil Dutrouz
Pamela Hart Pamela Hart ... Judith
Leslie North Leslie North ... Esther
Patrick Jeantet Patrick Jeantet ... Bouboo Garnier
Gene Kelly ... Andy Miller
Danielle Darrieux ... Yvonne Garnier
René Pascal 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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...they're Singing and Dancing in the Streets See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

11 April 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Young Girls of Rochefort See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,162, 16 August 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$91,837, 31 December 1998
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jacques Demy originally thought of casting Brigitte Bardot and Audrey Hepburn as the twin sisters. 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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Alternate Versions

This film was filmed in a double version (French and English) with different sound and dialogues, with each scene shot twice (once for each version) See more »

Connections

References On the Town (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Chanson D'Yvonne
(uncredited)
Written by Michel Legrand and Jacques Demy
Courtesy of Warner Chappell Music France /BMG Publishing
Performed by Danielle Darrieux
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Demy Paradis
3 April 2005 | by writers_reignSee all my reviews

It's probably pure chance that I saw this film for the first time - in the restored version by Agnes Varda - a few days after I was leafing through Demy's Collected Lyrics which have recently been published in France. It's clear from Frame #1 that this is a film to which you either have to surrender as the credits roll or squirm in embarrassment for the next two hours. Demy's 'fairy-tale' is as unashamedly full of coincidences as any Shakespeare comedy even to the extent of employing one set of twins, albeit non-identical but played by real-life sisters Catherine Deneuve and Francois Dorleac. If you're going to stop and wonder why the streets are always available for dancing in - i.e. traffic-free - or why Danielle Darrieux runs a cafe/bar which is little more than a counter, a glass roof and no substantial walls, then you're in the wrong movie. Demy loved chocolate-box movies and he complemented them with chocolate-box music from Michel Legrand - I was pleasantly surprised to realize that I already knew the main love them via its English lyric by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, You Must Believe In Spring, recorded definitively by Marlene VerPlanck - and the score, on the whole is lush without being memorable and ranging from fifties type small combo jazz to all-out string ensembles and if everyone - including Gene Kelly - except Danielle Darrieux is dubbed so what. Jacques Perrin is also on hand as a love-sick sailor, what else, and after seeing him play more or less the same role (narrator) in both Cinema Paradiso and Les Choristes the effect is like seeing a photograph of a friend acquired in middle age when he was a young man. Definitely worth a second viewing and who knows, I may even go so far as to buy the DVD.


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