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Video Review: 'The Young Girls of Rochefort'

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The Young Girls of Rochefort

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
125 minutes
performer:
Catherine Deneuve, Francoise Dorleac, Gene Kelly
director:
Jacques Demy
distributor:
Miramax
author:
Jacques Demy
genre:
Comedy, musical, Foreign Language

We gave it an A-

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-