I could've never imagined watching a musical and actually enjoying it. I don't even know if it was for the colours or the fact that the twins were geminis that I kept on watching. Whatever the reason, this is an overly delicate and beautiful film.
I fell in love with Demy's cinema a long time ago, but it's always an absolute pleasure to watch again Les Demoiselles and discover new aspects of it each time. Michel Legrand, the music, the dance = perfection.
Delirious, ecstatic, absurdist, delightful, wacky candy-hued indulgence, full of tongue-in-cheek hilarity, perfect choreography, giant hats, silly puns, rhyming dinners, Gene Kelly, a serial killer, and the astonishing Francoise Dorleac, in one of her last performances before her premature and tragic death that same year. A favourite.
One of the great European musicals: Michel Legrand's score is surprisingly manifold in incorporating different stylistic features. Norman Maen did a great job in creating the choreography (strongly influenced by the 1961 "West Side Story" choreography of Jerome Robbins). And the mostly colorful (but also - in the piano - store, white) set and costume design ensures an artificial and somewhat dreamlike atmosphere.
Demy's most developed stab at grafting an MGM musical over the real world. Charming as hell, and very well constructed in the way different characters pass in and out of each others lives. In truth, it could use a bigger bite of darkness on the edge. But you can sense his ethos across his 60s film: sometimes, fate brings people together and sometimes it keeps them apart, but it's always something to wonder at.
Learning Deneuve and Dorléac were real life sisters is quite interesting. The film is incredible. The seemingly alternate universe where even murder can be bright is interesting, and brings (a bit) of realism. But I love it. It's a great accomplished vision and production design heaven. I want to rewatch it!