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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:

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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

Gross USA:

$91,837

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$98,221
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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 planned to make more extensive references to his earlier movie The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) by casting Nino Castelnuovo, the hero of that film, as Bill. When Castelnuovo proved unavailable, Demy had to change the script. 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 »

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Soundtracks

Andy Amoureux
(uncredited)
(or "Chanson D'Andy")
Written by Michel Legrand
Courtesy of Warner Chappell Music France /BMG Publishing
Performed by Gene Kelly (dubbed by Donald Burke)
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And I Don't Even Speak French!
2 February 1999 | by gurghi-2See all my reviews

(with apologies to Jonathan Rosenbaum...)

Watching the Hollywood musicals of Astaire and Kelly, one can't help but marvel at the skill and precision of the dancing and the mise en scene, and be buoyed by the very idea that the world could be so perfect, if only in a movie. "Rochefort" isn't perfect in the same way, but in pushing the musical to a different plane it achieves a kind of perfection, one dependent not on the talents of its cast or, as the popular Broadway musicals were, on the book & lyrics.

(Which is not to say that there isn't great music! Themes are repeated, to be sure, but Legrand's melodies delight, and there's more musical variance here than in "Umbrellas of Cherbourg".)

Musicals, like most popular entertainment, usually serve to reinforce our ideals. The 30 years since its release may have been kind, but "The Young Girls of Rochefort" is a rare thing, an entertainment that challenges, flies in the face of convention.

Of special note are the colors, delightfully absurd; the English subtitles, much of which read in perfect sync (including rhymes) with the music (a coinciding English-language verson was shot but never released); the macabre- this has to be the happiest musical with a song about an ax-murder.

The world in which this movie exists hasn't been seen on the screen before or since. Of course, all musicals are fantasy of a kind, but Demy takes it somewhere else. It is one of film's truly unique experiences.


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