Demy’s distinctive, celebratory vision of life is so very much present in this film and tells the story of two beautiful, effervescent sisters Delphine and Solange (played by real-life twins Catherine Deneuve and Francoise Dorleac) as they swish through their apartment and Rochefort’s public squares, trilling their fondness for “catchy tunes, silly puns and repartee”. When the carnival arrives, bringing with it two brightly-tailored suitors (George Chakiris and Grover Dale), they’re given a chance to become performers and later to leave for Paris, the sophisticated metropolis of which they have always dreamed.
Art directed by Bernard Evein and choreographed by Norman Maen, the film has been lovingly restored under the supervision of Demy's widow, Agnes Varda, doyenne of the French New Wave. It pings with pastel colours and chimes with some of the finest melodies Legrand has ever composed, and picked up an Oscar nomination for Best original Score. Both the singing and dancing are infectious and flamboyant, making this film the perfect 'pick me up', feel-good movie that was an influence on the the recent hit LA LA LAND.
You can watch the trailer here
Screening is at the Connaught at 8.15pm on Tuesday 2nd May (Please note this is a Tuesday screening!).The film is free to club members (£35 for12+films + free use of our DVD library) or £7 to non-members (click here to buy non-member tickets) .
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