The Young Girls of Rochefort (Blu-ray) G

...they're Singing and Dancing in the Streets
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  • Rated: G
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 6 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: April 11, 2017
  • Originally Released: 1967
  • Label: Criterion
  • Note: French television interview from 1966 featuring director Jacques Demy and composer Michel Legrand discussing the music for the film
    • Conversation from 2014 between Demy biographer Jean-Pierre Berthomé and costume designer Jacqueline Moreau
    • Episode from a multipart 1966 Belgian television series on the making of the film
    • Agnès Varda's 1993 documentary The Young Girls Turn 25
    • Trailer
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - French
    • DTS HD Master Audio - French
    • Subtitles - English

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Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh98%

Total Count: 42


User Ratings: 4,441
Rating: 5/5 -- Reminiscent of a Shakespearean comedy and seems to tap into a romantic yearning that is hardwired into our DNA. Absolutely sublime. Full Review
Times (UK)
Aug 14, 2009
Rating: 4/5 -- The result is uncommonly pleasing or defiantly twee: take your choice.
London Evening Standard
Aug 17, 2009
Hit musical La La Land drew inspiration from The Young Girls of Rochefort and it deserves revisitation; it is one of the greatest films of the 1960s. Full Review
Film Inquiry
Jan 19, 2017
Rating: 4/5 -- The fondant-fancy colours make the film all the more escapist, yet some pop songs can pierce you to the core. Full Review
Times (UK)
Aug 17, 2009
Ranked #8 in Entertainment Weekly's BEST VIDEOS OF 2000
Entertainment Weekly
Dec 22, 2000
Life's regrets aren't often the basis of a movie musical, yet French director Jacques Demy is best known for his two films that fit that exact description. Full Review
Spectrum Culture
Sep 30, 2019
Rating: 5/5 -- Despite the consistently sprightly surface, there's a somber undercurrent that lingers even when love triumphs and the music swells. Full Review
Time Out
Apr 8, 2014

Product Description:

A joyous musical that outdoes its Hollywood predecessors with naive romance, decadent art direction and an appearance by the legendary Gene Kelly, THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT, a follow up to Demy's previous collaboration with Catherine Deneuve and composer Michel Legrand, is entirely sung. A pair of sisters (Deneuve and her real life sister Francoise Dorleac) who teach and compose music in the French town of Rochefort seek love and success in Paris. When two young men with a travelling carnival come to town, they help the sisters put on a song and dance number that gives them instant success, while simultaneously, a love struck sailor finds his ideal woman in Deneuve. To top it off, even the mother of the two women finds a long lost love.

Plot Synopsis:

In THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT, the follow up to the revolutionary UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (1963), director Jacques Demy continues his experiments with narrative and the musical form, as well as his collaboration with composer Michel Legrand. Characters meet, story lines cross, families expand and all is expressed in booming song, exploding color, and elegant choreography. Catherine Deneuve and her real life sister, Francoise Dorleac play sisters who run a music and ballet school and in their spare time seek love and adventure. Their Mother runs a café in the Town Square which is the eye of the romantic and dramatic storm that runs through the film. A young sailor mopes at the café dreaming of an ideal love, a local music merchant regrets his lost love, a carnival enters town and two of its members convince the sisters to put on a spectacle. Gene Kelley makes an appearance, as do elements from many Hollywood musicals, added in pastiche. As the film reaches a hysterical and breakneck pace, lovers are lost and found, separated and reunited and the glittering, pastel glamour of the town of Rochefort plays a starring role. Love's endurance and the persistence of chance reign as the ridiculous and the sublime combine to create a cinematic experience unlike any other.


Production Notes:

  • Entertainment Weekly named THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT one of the top ten videos of 2000.

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