Chic & You : The Film Series

Chic & You : The Film Series

Les Demoiselles de Rochefort / The Young Women of Rochefort


Thursday, February 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Free for members and students* • $15 non-members
In Person • French with English subtitles

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Put your best foot forward when we roll out the red carpet for you with the chic-est film series in Chic-ago! A flute of bubbles included. Enter a chance to win a getaway one-night stay at the Sofitel at each screening!

 

Les Demoiselles de Rochefort / The Young Women of Rochefort (1967, Jacques Demy, French with English subtitles)

With a jazzy, Oscar-nominated score by Michel Legrand score, a pastel paradise of costumes, and a divine supporting cast (George Chakiris, Grover Dale, Danielle Darrieux, Michel Piccoli, and Gene Kelly), The Young Girls of Rochefort is an homage to the Hollywood musical and a candy-colored slice of Nouvelle Vague subversion from French cinema’s preeminent dreamer, Jacques Demy.

It is also the inspiration behind Damien Chazelle La La Land (2016) and the only film featuring Catherine Deneuve and her sister, Françoise Dorléac, before Dorléac untimely death in a car accident right after the film’s release. 

Delphine (Catherine Deneuve) teaches dance, while her twin, Solange (Deneuve’s real-life sister Francoise Dorléac, who sadly was killed in an automobile accident not long after the film’s release), composes and teaches music. Both want more than sleepy little Rochefort has to offer — more culture, more opportunities as artists, and better odds of meeting “Mr. Right”.

Enter Etienne and Bill, two dashing smooth talkers (and American actors!) who make it impossible for twins to return to their small-town life and quiet jobs. Follow the twins and their café-owning mother, Danielle Darrieux, as they navigate the mad-cap world of music and l’amour.  

"A film of exquisitely sad happiness"

- Criterion

Although costume designer Jacqueline Moreau went on to work on more than a hundred films with the most talented French directors of her time, Les  Demoiselles de Rochefort stunning look, from the pastel outfits, wigs, umbrella-size hats to the shiny Lurex sweaters, have been associated forever with Catherine Deneuve and her sister, Francoise Dorléac.  La blonde et la brune... 

Despite being an international icon, most of Catherine Deneuve’s notable films were made in her home country of France. When not starring in movies, Devenue was making strides by becoming a well-known icon, even gracing the pages of Playboy Magazine in the 1960s. Her face was regularly used to represent Marianne, the national personification symbol of France.