Jacques Demy’s candy-colored cult musical The Young Girls of Rochefort, which is finally debuting on video, is that rare instance of an art film that’s actually fun to watch. Real-life sisters Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac play glam, dreamy-eyed sisters wooed by various charmers, including a middle-aged but still graceful Kelly. When someone’s not crooning Michel Legrand’s catchy, almost nonstop songs, go-go-booted dancers entrance. As in the director’s Umbrellas of Cherbourg, a ripe romanticism is made palatable by a game cast and intelligent filmmaking that, in this case, seductively underpins new-wave whimsy with sweeping Minnelli-esque crane and dolly shots. One gripe: This full-frame version lops off the original wide-screen compositions. So, in the spirit of Legrand, I sing: ”This fab film by Jacques Demy/deserves to have a deluxe DVD!” A-
Genre: Comedy, Musical, Foreign Language; Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Francoise Dorleac, Gene Kelly; Director: Jacques Demy; Author: Jacques Demy; Runtime (in minutes): 125; MPAA Rating: Unrated; Distributor: Miramax
Posted September 22 2000 — 12:00 AM EDT
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