Tuesday, August 29

Special Engagements ArchiveElements of Cinema (previous events)

Elements of Cinema: The Young Girls of Rochefort

Free Screening – Passes Not Required

the young girls of rochefort

(1967) dir. Jacques Demy w/Catherine Deneuve, Françoise Dorléac, Jacques Perrin, Gene Kelly, Danielle Darrieux, Michel Piccoli [126 min; DCP]
After The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Jacques Demy followed up with a more effervescent confection about missed connections and second chances, that is THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT. 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, pastel paradise of costumes, and divine supporting cast, THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT is a tribute to Hollywood optimism from sixties French cinema’s preeminent dreamer.

“A musical boasting star power of the highest magnitude that satirizes the conventions of the movie musical with affection and wicked glee.” – Octavio Rosa, San Francisco Chronicle

“Deneuve and Dorléac are stylish, smart, and spirited, and their awkwardness as dancers makes them even more winning.” – Amy Taubin, Village Voice

This special free screening is a part of our Elements of Cinema series and will be followed by a discussion with the audience.

Catherine ClarkGuest Speaker: Catherine Clark

Catherine Clark is Associate Professor of French Studies in the department of Global Studies and Languages at MIT. She writes and teaches about the history of modern France, specializing in photography and film. Her book about Parisian history and photography is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. For the 2017-2018 academic year, she’ll be a fellow at the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton working on a book about the French interest in China post 1949.

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