Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Cinema Tuesdays {Les Demoiselles de Rochefort}

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Oh my, I just love Jacques Demy's stunning musical! There is a feeling of utter joy that you'll get while watching this film. Random dancing in the streets, pink fire hydrants, giant flowered hats, gingham aprons, sailor hats with pom-poms, a jazzy soundtrack and a new song every five minutes. And my dear, the colours are fantastic! Vivid pastels (yes, pastels can be vivid) and clear whites. If you've seen The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, you'll know what M. Demy does with colours, but here, everything is bright and happy because it's a tribute to the American musical. Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac (real life sisters) play the twins Delphine and Solange who teach dance and piano and Danielle Darrieux plays their mother, she also played Catherine Deneuve's mother in 8 Women. Gene Kelly is also here, singing and dancing in French (though some of his scenes are dubbed, I don't know why) and at age 55, not only does he look good but he also still gets the girl. The plot is one of star-crossed lovers and missed opportunities.
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