The Young Girls of Rochefort: Not the Same Old Song and Dance

Criterion considers Jacques Demy’s The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967), co-starring Gene Kelly.

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  • Sweet Sue

    I just saw this movie last night on TMC and loved it.
    Maybe it’s because I’m such a fan but the whole film looks like an homage to Kelly: dancing sailors, marching soldiers and Kelly deliriously in love, surrounded by fascinated French children.
    He doesn’t have a huge part but, as usual, Kelly elevates everything he’s in; the rest of the choreography is workman like but Kelly’s is sublime.
    If you love the dance on the banks of the Seine in “An American In Paris,” you’ll love the pas de deux in the music shop.
    Of course being a super fan and a woman, I have to add that at fifty five, Kelly is in great shape and still beautiful to look at.
    Le sigh.