Big screen classics

Les Demoiselles de Rochefort

The Young Ladies of Rochefort

An effervescent tribute to the Hollywood musical with a Legrand score, pastel designs, dance and romance galore.

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France 1967
Dir Jacques Demy
With Catherine Deneuve, Françoise Dorléac, Gene Kelly, Danielle Darrieux, Michel Piccoli
English subtitles
Certificate PG

Jacques Demy’s effervescent tribute to the Hollywood musical dazzles with its unforgettable cast, wonderful jazz-tinged Michel Legrand score, lovely pastel palette (he literally painted the town), and exhilarating choreography. A witty, bittersweet roundelay of romantic longing, near-misses, brief encounters and surprise reunions which occur when a carnival comes to town, the film grows in stature with the passing of the years.