Frothy musical starring Catherine Deneuve, her tragic sister Francoise Dorleac, George Chakiris, and Gene Kelly. Legendary Michel Legrand composed the score. Francoise was killed in a car accident shortly after filming. The most famous song from this score, which is generally less acclaimed than that for The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, is You Must Believe in Spring (Chanson de Maxence in French). The musical film is a film genre in which several songs sung by the characters are interwoven into the narrative. ... Catherine Deneuve Catherine Deneuve (born October 22, 1943) is a French actress, born in Paris, France. ... Françoise Dorléac (1942 - 1967), was a popular French actress. ... George Chakiris (born September 16, 1934 in Norwood, Ohio) is a Greek-American dancer and film actor. ... Gene Kelly (1912-1996) Eugene Curran Kelly, August 23, 1912 - February 2, 1996 Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was an American dancer, actor, singer, director, producer, and choreographer. ... Michel Legrand (born February 24, 1932) is a French composer, arranger, conductor and pianist. ...
LesDemoisellesdeRochefort has been seen as Jacques Demys homage to the American musicals of Minnelli.
However, LesDemoisellesdeRochefort is also very much a film from the French Nouvelle Vague, filled with direct references to other French movies (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, of course, but also Les Enfants du Paradis), thus showing a self-consciousness typical of the Nouvelle Vague, and literary games (e.g.
As such, LesDemoisellesdeRochefort is much more than a joyous counterpart to the sad but classic (except for the fact that all the lines weres sung) Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, with which it shares wonderful colors.
Rochefort pokes fun at the New Wave itself, as the two carnies Étienne and Bill are referred to as "Jules and Jim" of François Truffaut fame.
Rochefort presents an idealized world where Maxence can regularly go AWOL to his studio apartment to paint and compose poetry, a whimsical environment where Yvonne gets tired of her last name and tells Simon that she's going to Acapulco.
That's the only problem with Rochefort — the emotional undercurrent is too quickly suppressed by the showy tunes (even the fast-paced argument song between Delphine and Guillaume infuses little anger or resentment; they part ways amicably, and we spend most of the song chuckling at the puns rather than paying attention to what they're saying).
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