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The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967)
 (บรรยายอังกฤษ)

ควรค่าน่าดูตรงที่ : เป็นภาพยนตร์เพลงสีสันสดสวยต่อยอดจากความสำเร็จของผู้กำกับ Jacques Demy และดารานำ Catherine Deneuve จาก The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg (1964) และเป็นหนังปิดไตรภาคว่าด้วยความรักของเขา(romantic trilogy) และเป็นหนังเพลงเต็มรูปแบบมากขึ้นทั้งร้องและเต้นโดยได้ Gene Kelly ดาราหนังเพลงผู้โด่งดังของฮอลลีวูดมาร่วมแสดง และ Deneuve ยังแสดงนำร่วมกับ Françoise Dorléac พี่สาวของเธอเอง

 
 

Director:Jacques Demy Producer:Gilbert de Goldschmidt Written by:Jacques Demy Music:Michel Legrand, Jacques Demy (lyrics) Cinematography:Ghislain Cloquet Edited: Jean Hamon Running time:120 minutes Country:France Language:French

Genre:Comedy, Drama, Musical Subtitle:English Starring:Catherine Deneuve - Delphine Garnier, Françoise Dorléac - Solange Garnier,
George Chakiris - Etienne, Grover Dale - Bill, Gene Kelly - Andy Miller, Danielle Darrieux - Yvonne, Jacques Perrin - Maxence,
Michel Piccoli - Simon Dame, Pamela Hart - Judith, Leslie North - Esther, Jacques Riberolles - Guillaume Lancien,

Henri Crémieux - Dutrouz, Patrick Jeantet - Booboo, Geneviève Thénier - Josette, René Bazart - Pépé
Voice Actors: Anne Germain - Delphine, Claude Parent - Solange, Romuald - Etienne, José Bartel - Bill, Donald Burke - Andy,
Jacques Revaux - Maxence, Georges Blaness - Simon, Christiane Legrand - Judith, Jean Stout - Guillaume,

Olivier Bonnet - Booboo, Alice Gerald - Josette 

 

Storyline:
The Young Girls of Rochefort (French: Les Demoiselles de Rochefort; literally "The Young Ladies of Rochefort") is a 1967 French musical film written and directed by Jacques Demy, starring Catherine Deneuve, her sister Françoise Dorléac, Jacques Perrin, Michel Piccoli, Danielle Darrieux, George Chakiris, Grover Dale and Gene Kelly. The choreography was by Norman Maen.

Michel Legrand composed the score, to Demy''s lyrics. The most famous songs from this film score, which is generally less acclaimed than that for The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, are "A Pair of Twins" ("Chanson des Jumelles" in French) and "You Must Believe in Spring" ("Chanson de Maxence"). The film was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Original Score (Original or Adaptation). The film was also another big success for Demy in France with a total of 1,319,432 admissions.

Jacques Demy followed up The Umbrellas of Cherbourg with another musical about missed connections and second chances, this one a more effervescent confection. Twins Delphine and Solange, a dance instructor and a music teacher (played by real-life sisters Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac), long for big-city life; when a fair comes through their quiet port town, so does the possibility of escape. With its jazzy Michel Legrand score, pastel paradise of costumes, and divine supporting cast (George Chakiris, Grover Dale, Danielle Darrieux, Michel Piccoli, and Gene Kelly), The Young Girls of Rochefort is a tribute to Hollywood optimism from sixties French cinema’s preeminent dreamer.


Special Features:
-New 2K digital restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
-French television interview from 1966 featuring director Jacques Demy and composer Michel Legrand discussing the music for the film
-New conversation between Demy biographer Jean-Pierre Berthomé
and costume designer Jacqueline Moreau
-Episode from Behind the Screen, a 1966 series about the making of the film
-Filmmaker Agnès Varda’s 1993 documentary The Young Girls Turn 25, on the Blu-ray (for the DVD version, see Une chambre en ville)
-Trailer


Trailer:


Awards:  Nominated for 1 Oscar.

 

Academy Awards, USA 1969

Nominated
Oscar
Best Music, Score of a Musical Picture (Original or Adaptation)
Michel Legrand 
Jacques Demy 
 

 

 

 

Review:
A ray of cinematic sun

9/10
Author: GaryMotev
It''s hard to put your finger on exactly what it is about the atmosphere of Jacques Demy''s musicals that''s so - well - appealing, but "The Young Girls of Rochefort" opens with a pretty big clue: the dancers assemble on what looks like a funny kind of suspension bridge, when suddenly the platform lifts off (as does Michel Legrand''s music), to float over the water to the other side. The kids (including "West Side Story"''s George Chakiris) dance away as they drift along in mid-air, giving us the perfect metaphor for what Demy''s about to offer: a sunny bagatelle that sets you free from gravity, but which is clearly - well - a little mechanical.

Or perhaps "artificial" is a better word - Demy''s always straightforward about what he''s doing, and the play of artifice in "Rochefort" is one of its peculiar charms. He doesn''t seem to care that the gorgeous Catherine Deneuve and her real-life sister, Francoise Dorleac, aren''t really dancers (or that even the "real" dancers are sometimes slightly out of sync) - they simply carry on with their numbers through sheer star power and happy sang-froid. As do their characters - what might count as tragedy in an American musical is always merely accepted in Demy ("The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" being the ultimate example). Only "Rochefort" is about tragedies constantly being averted or diverted - if "Umbrellas" was drenched in a perpetual rain shower, "Rochefort" is pure sun.

Gene Kelly is also on hand to do a few cameos as Francoise''s love interest - and his main dance is a charming, quick-time take on what he used to do on a much broader canvas. George Chakiris is, as we remember from "West Side Story", a charming dynamo; Danielle Darrieux is her usual sublime self; and keep an eye out for a young Michel Piccoli as the ardent Monsieur Dam. Michel Legrand''s score, again as usual, relies a bit too heavily on its big theme - but it''s also about as jazzily sophisticated as musical scores ever got. The choreography doesn''t offer any breakthroughs, but there are some charming sequences which are nearly as through-danced as "Umbrellas" was through-sung.

Altogether a charmer - big wigs, even bigger hats, and an exquisite pastel palette - what''s not to like?

A Classic That Keeps Astounding, Ever More Absurdly, With Each Visit
10/10
Author: talltale-1 from Jackson Heights, NY
Jacques Demy''s THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT is such a special treat--so bright, light and airy, full of wonderful music and dance--that it''s difficult to over-rate it or not recommend it. And yet.

Demy is a cinema artist who always verged in the precious (in my opinion he rarely toppled over), and this may cause trouble for some. His "Umbrellas of Cherbourg" has always seemed to me a heavy-handed, repetitive, sentimental downer; "Young Girls" is very nearly its polar opposite. (Demy''s wife, the wonderful filmmaker Agnes Varda, has overseen the reconstruction of this classic, and we owe her quite a debt!) Michel Legrand''s music here is full of jazzy, astonishing riffs and lots of melody. Accompanying it are some delightful lyrics that are translated fittingly--if not precisely--into equally delightful English. Catherine Deneuve and her late sister Francoise Dorleac are wonderful in the title roles, and they''re helped immensely by the likes of Danielle Darrieux, George Chakiris, Grover Dale, Gene Kelly (yes, an American in Rochefort!), Michel Piccoli and a young and exquisitely beautiful Jacques Perrin. The dancing is a joy, as well, as you''d expect from a film that offers Chakiris, Dale and Kelly. Characters sing of their lives and lost loves, and everything--from the pastel-painted city to the gorgeously coordinated costumes--is as unbelievable yet as wonderful as an enchanted dream.

I remember enjoying the film when it first appeared. Now, it seems not only of its time but ahead of that time and so special and perfect that I suspect certain of us will want to revisit it every few years, for as many as we have left. In a word: transporting.

And I Don''t Even Speak French!
9/10
Author: gurghi-2 from Lexington, Kentucky
2 February 1999
(with apologies to Jonathan Rosenbaum...)

Watching the Hollywood musicals of Astaire and Kelly, one can''t help but marvel at the skill and precision of the dancing and the mise en scene, and be buoyed by the very idea that the world could be so perfect, if only in a movie. "Rochefort" isn''t perfect in the same way, but in pushing the musical to a different plane it achieves a kind of perfection, one dependent not on the talents of its cast or, as the popular Broadway musicals were, on the book & lyrics.

(Which is not to say that there isn''t great music! Themes are repeated, to be sure, but Legrand''s melodies delight, and there''s more musical variance here than in "Umbrellas of Cherbourg".)

Musicals, like most popular entertainment, usually serve to reinforce our ideals. The 30 years since its release may have been kind, but "The Young Girls of Rochefort" is a rare thing, an entertainment that challenges, flies in the face of convention.

Of special note are the colors, delightfully absurd; the English subtitles, much of which read in perfect sync (including rhymes) with the music (a coinciding English-language verson was shot but never released); the macabre- this has to be the happiest musical with a song about an ax-murder.

The world in which this movie exists hasn''t been seen on the screen before or since. Of course, all musicals are fantasy of a kind, but Demy takes it somewhere else. It is one of film''s truly unique experiences.

Possibly my favourite musical, definitely an acquired taste, and YES there is an English version!

10/10
Author: Cristian-3 from 7 Craven Road, London, England
I just wanted to say I truly love this film and I do believe there will be a great deal of different opinions on it. My point in this post is that I have read in many places that the English language version of this film was never released and/or it''s lost. This is not true at all as the first time I watched it was in English on television, late night during a stay in Brazil, with Portuguese subtitles. The catchphrase of "Je vais en Nantes, Je vais en perm'' a Nantes" translated to "I''m going to Toulouse, I''ve nothing to lose."

The soundtrack is currently available on a fantastic new 2-CD set that replaces the long out-of-print 2 LP set, and includes the song "A Pair of Twins" in English! The LP, though, with its booklet and liner notes and pictures is a tough act to follow. Ah well.

I wish this movie would come out on DVD with both versions and greet a whole new generation of fans. Here''s hoping this will happen within our lifetimes, while some of us are still young.

The Young Girls of Rochefort was an ambitious effort that paid off very generously in artistic terms but it was not as great a success in the box-office as Demy''s previous "Umbrellas of Cherbourg". The score in "Rochefort" is sometimes a little repetitive but the soundtrack to me is the best one ever for a musical....or at least a French musical.

Deneuve + Dorleac x Demy = Delightful!

10/10
Author: TheVid from Colorado Springs, CO
THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT is Jacques Demy''s followup to his popular international success, THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG. It''s not the same kind of operatic musical as it''s predecessor and is much more a product of it''s time (and sadly, that makes it much more inaccessible to modern audiences). What you get here is a romantic farce in the old MGM tradition, with lot''s of garish 60''s-style color and costumes, definitely in tune to Michel Legrand''s astounding jazz score. The campy outdoor dance numbers date, but thankfully give way to dynamically orchestrated instrumental versions of Legrand''s music. This is definitely a movie for those who enjoy cinematic musical comedy; it''s visual appeal is undeniable and each shot is lovingly designed and framed. Deneuve and Dorleac are amazing beauties and presented in their prime, which is reason enough to enjoy the picture. Michel Legrand''s score is far more complex melodically and orchestrally than his more famous one for UMBRELLAS; it''s a joy to listen to. About the best compliment I can pay THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT is to say that it brilliantly precedes and shines with more talent and energy than the recently released MOULIN ROUGE (a film that surprisingly has a lot in common with it). Demy doesn''t need any CGI, MTV-editing or pop songs to get it''s simple, lovely message across! It''s very nice indeed to have a restored version on DVD of Jacques Demy''s LES DESMOISELLES DE ROCHEFORT!



 


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