Ciné-club: Les demoiselles de Rochefort

Ciné-club: Les demoiselles de Rochefort


Saturday, June 13 at 2:00 p.m.
Free admission - donations encouraged
This event is ONLINE - zoom links will be emailed following registration

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It's warm out! The flowers are blooming and there's finally more in the air than just pollen - that's right, I'm talking about love! This week's Ciné-Club selection is sunny, funny, and musical, and stars Gene Kelly, who epitomizes all three. Join us for our discussion of...

 

Les Demoiselles de Rochefort ("The Young Girls of Rochefort", 1967)

Available to rent on Vudu, Amazon Prime, and iTunes

 

If you've seen any of his other work, you know that Jacques Demy likes his color.

This exuberant film from 1967 is bursting with élan vital, a whimsical story about star-crossed lovers who constantly evade each other in a brilliant portside town. The whole film feels like a song, due in no small part to its numerous dance scenes and the prominence of America's darling Gene Kelly in a charming role as one of the film's romantic counterparts to the titular demoiselles. Diving into Demy's dreamworld is an experience that floods the senses with soaring orchestral and choral scores, uplifting and breezy action, and a world as visually luscious as Dorothy's Oz or Alice's Wonderland. Why don't we get lost in it for a while? 

Happy watching, and we look forward to discussing the film with you this Saturday at 2PM. A très bientôt, les rêveurs!

 

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ABOUT CINÉ CLUB:

Isn’t it time you caught up on all those French cult classics you’ve been meaning to watch? If you’re a cinéphilefrancophile, or just looking for some fun conversation in these isolating times, we’ve got you covered. Join us for a laid-back, weekly discussion of classic films, as we explore the weirder side of the French canon. This ain’t your grandma’s Godard! 


Each week, we’ll reveal the film up for discussion by Monday on our social media and the events page of our website. We’ll also include some historical context, potential discussion points to consider while watching, and some links for where to view it. You’ll have the rest of the week to watch the film independently and then we’ll group up online via Zoom on Saturday at 2 PM to discuss. BYOB (or W). Sound good?  

For the sake of inclusivity, the discussion will be in English. Since we’ll be having our meetings over zoom, the group size will be limited to 15 registrants. When you register, we’ll send you a link for accessing the conversation group. Come full of thoughts or just full of ramblings – we’ll take either! 

Discussion will be led by Matthew Jackson, one of our culture interns. Matthew studied film at the University of Chicago and spends most of his time blathering about movies online.