The Young Girls of Rochefort

Les demoiselles de Rochefort

Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Introduced by author Laurent Valière & actress Melissa Errico
Performance by Filmharmonic Brass
Post-screening karaoke & wine party
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Join us for the the grand finale of our Summer of Michel Legrand series!

The film will be introduced by author and journalist Laurent Valière and singer and actress Melissa Errico. The French brass band Filmharmonic Brass will play a spectacular Legrand theme to open the screening, and the evening will conclude with a karaoke party featuring a special Legrand song-list, wine, and beer.

Dir. Jacques Demy, 1967, 126min, DCP
With Catherine Deneuve, George Chakiris, Françoise Dorléac, Jacques Perrin, Gene Kelly
In French with English subtitles

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, which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Original Music, 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. (Synopsis courtesy Janus Films/The Criterion Collection)

Nominated for an Oscar in 1969 for Best Music, Score of a Musical Picture (Original or Adaptation)

“[The Young Girls of Rochefort] has charm, sustained human observation, mixed with catchy music, dances and songs to come up as a tuner with grace and dynamism.”Variety