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5.0 out of 5 stars Colourful, seductive and full of Gallic charm, 22 Feb 2009
This review is from: Les Demoiselles de Rochefort [1967] [DVD] (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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