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Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967) d. Jacques Demy

Catherine Deneuve and Francoise Dorleac play Delphine and Solange Garnier, or "the Gemini Twins" as they sing in the most memorable of The Young Girls of Rochefort many, many musical numbers.

Movie Review
The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967)
d. Jacques Demy
Criterion Collection #717

   I'd watch a young Catherine Deneuve do household chores for an hour and a half.   Fortunately I don't have to because Criterion put up the entire Jacques Demy collection up on their Hulu Plus channel, and Deneuve starred in both Umbrellas of Cherbourg and The Young Girls of Rochefort.  They also put up a cool hour long documentary by Agnes Varda (of all people) on the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the release of The Young Girls of Rochefort in the theater.  Of the two films, I prefer this one- the plot of Umbrellas of Cherbourg is dark compared to this film, and if you are  going to sit through a French music from the 60s, that shit had best be effervescent.  Effervescent like a fucking Alka Seltzer, nahwhatImean?

  The Young Girls of Rochefort also has a genuine hit- the Gemini Twins song sung by Deneuve and Dorleac. 

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