Les Demoiselles de Rochefort

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Les Demoiselles de Rochefort

#1 Post by tojoed » Mon Jul 14, 2008 8:49 am

Les Demoiselles de Rochefort

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Following the huge success of Les Parapulies de Cherbourg (1964), Jacques Demy went on to make Les Demoiselles de Rochefort, a large scale tribute to the Hollywood musical featuring screen legend Gene Kelly. Released in the UK on DVD for the first time by the BFI, the 1996 restoration is presented in a 2-disc set that also features an hour long documentary by Agns Varda and other special extras.

Jacques Demy was one of the most distinctive directors to emerge from the French New Wave in the late '50s and early '60s. The films he made up until his untimely death in 1990 constitute one of the most extraordinary bodies of work of that era, much of which was screened in a career retrospective at BFI Southbank last November.

Les Demoiselles de Rochefort centres on twin sisters Delphine and Solange (played by real life sisters Catherine Deneuve and Franoise Dorlac). Tired of their humdrum existence in the picturesque seaside town of Rochefort, they dream of leaving to find success and romance in Paris, just as a carnival and an American composer (Gene Kelly) hit town.

The superb ensemble cast also features Danielle Darrieux, Michel Piccoli, Jacques Perrin, George Chakiris and Grover Dale.

With a plot of pure Shakespearean farce, witty dialogue and lyrics by Demy and a magnificent jazz score by three-times Academy Award winner Michel Legrand, this has to be one of the most joyously ebullient movies ever.

Extras:

- Les Demoiselles ont eu 25 ans ( Agns Varda, 1993, 64 mins) - documentary mixing on-set footage, home movies and footage from the 25th Anniversary celebrations in Rochefort
- Extracts from the Guardian Interview in which Catherine Deneuve talks about working with Jacques Demy and his influence on her career
- Audio extracts from Gene Kelly's Guardian Lecture on the Hollywood Musical
- Illustrated booklet containing original publicity photos and production stills
* Fully uncompressed PCM stereo audio

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#2 Post by What A Disgrace » Wed Sep 03, 2008 9:22 am

tojoed wrote:Extras for Jacques Demy's Demoiselles de Rochefort: 2 disc set.

Extras
* Les Demoiselles ont eu 25 ans ( Agns Varda, 1993, 64 mins) - documentary mixing on-set footage, home movies and footage from the 25th Anniversary celebrations in Rochefort
* Extracts from the Guardian Interview in which Catherine Deneuve talks about working with Jacques Demy and his influence on her career
* Audio extracts from Gene Kelly's Guardian Lecture on the Hollywood Musical
* Illustrated booklet containing original publicity photos and production stills
* Fully uncompressed PCM stereo audio
I'm surprised there hasn't been much chatter over BFI's Les Demoiselles de Rochefort.

I just received the DVD in the mail, and though I'm going to be too busy to watch it for a week or so...would anybody appreciate screen caps?

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#3 Post by Hopscotch » Wed Sep 03, 2008 9:51 am

What A Disgrace wrote:I'm surprised there hasn't been much chatter over BFI's Les Demoiselles de Rochefort.

I just received the DVD in the mail, and though I'm going to be too busy to watch it for a week or so...would anybody appreciate screen caps?
I would.

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Re: Les Demoiselles de Rochefort

#4 Post by Peacock » Fri Nov 27, 2009 7:06 pm

Sorry to bump this thread, but Michael, this is one of my absolute favorite films, any idea if this is being planned for a Blu release (so visually deserving!). Now that i've decided to go Blu I don't want to buy something which could be upgraded soon?

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Re: Les Demoiselles de Rochefort

#5 Post by Finch » Sat Nov 28, 2009 5:53 am

I've been thinking about buying the DVD as well but if a Blu was imminent in the next 6-12 months, I'd wait since I plan to upgrade next autumn.

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Re: Les Demoiselles de Rochefort

#6 Post by antnield » Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:36 pm

Blu-ray upgrade 4 November
- Les Demoiselles ont eu 25 ans (1993, 64 mins): documentary by the late great Agnès Varda
- Gene Kelly Guardian Lecture (1980, audio only): the legendary Hollywood star discusses his long and much celebrated career
- Catherine Deneuve Guardian Interview (2005)
- **FIRST PRESSING ONLY** Fully illustrated booklet with writing on the film and full film creduts
- Other extras TBC

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