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This review is from: Les Demoiselles de Rochefort  [DVD] (DVD)
I first saw this movie broadcast on Brazillian television in english when i was 8. I loved it and was curious to see it once again to determine whether it really was that good! I never managed to find it again, and hesitantly purchased the french version (the movie was shot in english and french simultaneously).
The movie concerns twins who are a music and dance teacher who want more from life than rochefort has to offer. They decide to go to paris. Love is the central theme though it is looked at in different ways. The hope of love, finding love, unrequited love, love lost; are all briefly delt with.
It is an atypical musical in the sense that a lot of the music reprises and often with slightly different lyrics. The jazz score is increadible. Even though I can't sing the french your humming the music long after you saw the movie.
I think the most characteristic thing is they way that the music and dance are integrated into the movie. The songs are not always carried out in a secluded spot but in the middle of a street with the passers by joining in. For example, on of the twins is walking down the street while all the extras are dancing around and then seemlessly she joins in. Gene Kelly, George Chakiris and Glover Dale provide the more energetic dance numbers.
Overall it is just as enchanting as I remembered and well worth the price as I am certain I will watch it again and again