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Les Demoiselles de Rochefort [1967] [DVD]

Catherine Deneuve , Francoise Dorleac , Jacques Demy    Parental Guidance   DVD
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  • Actors: Catherine Deneuve, Francoise Dorleac, Danielle Darrieux, George Chakiris, Gene Kelly
  • Directors: Jacques Demy
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 28 July 2008
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AQYPMM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,701 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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LES DEMOISELLES DE ROCHEFORT
A film by Jacques Demy

Following on from the success of Les Parapluies de Cherbourg comes Les Demoiselles de Rochfort - Jacques Demy's large-scale tribute to the Hollywood musical featuring screen legend Gene Kelly. The story centres on twin sisters Delphine and Solange (played by real-life sisters Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac) who, tired of their humdrum existence, dream of finding success and romance in Paris. The superb ensemble, also featuring Daniele Darrieux, Michel Piccoli, Jacques Perrin, George Chakiris and Grover Dale, weave and wander around the town, looking for and just missing the love of their lives.

With a plot of pure Shakespearean farce, witty dialogue and lyrics by Demy, and a magnificent jazz score by three-times Academy Award winner Michel Legrand, Les Demoiselles de Rochefort is an effervescent celebration of life that is sure to captivate and uplift

Special features

  • Les Demoiselles out eu 25 ans, directed by Agnès Varda
  • Gene Kelly Guardian Lecture, 1980 (audio with stills)
  • Catherine Deneuve Guardian Interview, 2005
  • Illustrated booklet
  • Fully uncompressed PCM stereo audio

France | 1967 | colour | French language, with optional English subtitles | 126 minutes | DVD9 | Original aspect ratio 2.35:1 | 2 disc set | Region 2 DVD


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing musical 13 Dec 2008
Format:DVD
Les Demoiselles de Rochefort is the most romantic musical ever! It's fresh, full of passion, youth, feelings, and emotions. Music and words are a great because they are of an utmost quality. Although Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac did not sing their part in real, it is a charming production, for which the town of Rochefort embarked on a complete repainting programme of its central square! hence the bright and vivid colours...
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Colourful, seductive and full of Gallic charm 22 Feb 2009
By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Les Demoiselles De Rochefort [1967] [DVD]

This is a follow up to Jacques Demy major hit "Umbrellas of Cherbourg" and has the same wonderful use of front light bright clear colour seen to perfection in this outstanding transfer to DVD.

On first viewing I was completely seduced by the youthful vitality of the dancing, the interesting though obvious plot, the use of colour, held together by almost continuous music even dialogue is often sung. Also all the characters are believable and likeable.

The "demoiselles" twins Delhine and Solange and real life sisters Catherine Deneuve and Francoise Dorleac are seeking love and success, and their mother Yvonne (best performance in the film by Danielle Darrieux) is still lamenting leaving a a lover ten years ago because of his silly name.

However if one stands back from the film in a critical way (and this is not easy) there are shortcomings.

First to have an all dancing and singing musical with the two main characters being neither dancers nor singers undermines their performances. Secondly Gene Kelly is miscast, he looks frustrated and constrained by the limited dance opportunities (although it is said he did his own choreography) and looks uncomfortable acting in a foreign language.

However you watch the film once again and are immediately swept up into the music and any shortcomings are irrelevant.

One of a kind, please, please, please, doesn't miss watching this.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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So good to see this title back in circulation as it's one of the most exuberant and colourful musicals ever made. Demy's Les Parapluies de Cherbourg always seems to get all the critical plaudits, however, for pure cinematic pleasure Les Demoiselles goes one step further. It's a paper-thin story, but who cares when the score is so ravishing and the performances so charming. It's rather like revisiting MGMs golden age - complete with Gene Kelly.

My only gripe is in the DVD production, or rather over-production. There's a great hour-long documentary about the film made by Demy's widow, Agnes Varda, and some interesting, but not exactly essential other extras. Unfortunately we have to pay for them as they run to 2 DVDs. As usual from this otherwise excellent label it costs way over the industry average, making BFI DVDs out of reach for many DVD buyers. You can buy Les Parapluies de Cherbourg for under £6!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely film! 9 Nov 2009
By Badger
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Leave your brain and logic on hold - sit back on a wet Sunday afternoon with a pot of tea and a box of soft centres - and ENJOY this film.

OK, the plot is dead obvious - (all these Shakespearian coincidences!) but the gorgeous tunes and the dancing and the pastel colours in almost constant French sunshine are a joy to behold. It really cheers you up.

Its not as good, admittedly, as 'Umbrellas' but it has a charm of its own - the dancers in the streets in the background - I wish my local shopping mall was like that!

Michel Legrand's music would be considered 'cheesy' nowadays (this film was made before the Beatles and Rolling Stones, remember) but it is a very skillful manipulation of harmony and counterpoint - alright, its not supposed to be Stravinsky, for goodness' sake.... Lets not be too critical.

Every time I watch it, I am left with a big smile on my face.

Can't say more than that?

Badger.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No Umbrellas of Cherbourg, but pleasant enough 12 Mar 2012
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Les Demoiselles de Rochefort is beautifully staged, with a great use of space and movement in the Scope frame, but never quite catches fire because its central pairing of real-life sisters Catherine Deneuve and Francoise Dorleac just aren't particularly likeable - indeed, they're just about the least likeable characters in the film. The plot is as absurd as the lyrics, the mostly badly-dubbed Gene Kelly veers toward the embarrassing (too much of his sappy romantic ballet mode, too little vitality), there are a couple of awkward lapses from the dancers, and at times it seems to forget exactly what kind of film it wants to be. But despite all those problems Demy's enthusiasm for the already fading musical genre ensures that it's a pleasant enough diversion, George Chakiris, Danielle Darrieux, Grover Dale and a cast against type Michel Piccoli are likeable enough to make up for the leads, and you have to give extra marks for any musical that includes a likeable murderer who cuts his victim to pieces. No Umbrellas of Cherbourg, but it passes a couple of hours pleasantly enough.

The BFI's DVD offers a decent 2.35:1 widescreen transfer supervised by Demy's widow Agnes Varda, who also directed the one hour documentary about the film on the disc, but there have been complaints from many aficionados of the film that it doesn't follow the original look of the film closely enough, with the recent French Blu-ray release (helpfully boasting English subtitles) a much more impressive and accurate representation of the original colour scheme.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true gem
I bought this as a gift for a Japanese friend who understands English but not French. The subtitles are very good and do justice to the extremely witty/funny/sometimes naughty... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mme Sylvie Delyon
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it !
An excellent remastered copy of the movie, French or English language, with or without subtitles, numerous interesting bonuses, this collector edition in a box of 2 DVDs has got... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Patrick Morne
5.0 out of 5 stars The best musical ever
I really think "Les Demoiselles de Rochefort" (together with "The Sound of Music") is the best musical ever. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Peter Thomsen
4.0 out of 5 stars Film "Les Demoiselles De Rochefort"
DVD arrived well packed and on time .An enjoyable french musical.
Subtitles help if your french is not quite up to it! I would recommend it.
Published 12 months ago by mac
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun!
This is one of those charming, lunatic films that should be in the film library of anyone who aspires to a good collection of classics. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Peter Grose
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
This musical is my all time favourite of all musicals. Wonderful music, choreography, colours and actresses and actors. Jacques Demy is a genius. Read more
Published on 19 Oct 2011 by R. Niskanen
4.0 out of 5 stars Little Gem
A French classic which shouldn't be overlooked because of the language. Ticks all the boxes, fun and a snapshot of the time in the Charente region of France.
Published on 21 Dec 2010 by Geoff Wilson
3.0 out of 5 stars One Movie the Dorleac Sisters Made Together
"The Young Girls of Rochefort" (Les Demoiselles de Rochefort)(1967). Twin sisters Delphine and Solange Garnier (played by actual sisters Catherine Deneuve and Françoise... Read more
Published on 29 Oct 2010 by Stephanie De Pue
5.0 out of 5 stars True escapism
A long awaited DVD of this delightful film, first viewed jonks ago,and really enjoyed it then. The music of that brilliant composer Michel Legrand is out of this world, and carries... Read more
Published on 2 Sep 2010 by Patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Joy
The music, the dancing, the "Frenchness" and the performances lift the heart. You look out of the window and wonder why the pedestrians walking past are not dancing past!
Published on 29 Aug 2010 by Pat Smith
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