One of the greatest (and weirdest) musicals of all time: Everyone in pastel! A ludicrously silly plot! Gene Kelly! Kelly grinning all the time! A supper scene in spoken rhymes! A totally unnecessary subplot about a slasher! A song about the slasher! Dancers with clearly visible sweat stains! A song about one-night stands! Every frame the absolute triumph of style over substance! Have I mentioned the pastel already???
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.
lots of colour and movement in this cute musical by the inimitable Demy - shades of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg - songs about love and regret, sailors and dance troupes in close fitting costumes and beatle boots, highly recommended for a laugh and maybe even a few tears brought on by reflections on love lost, found and reimagined in the bright sunlight of Rochefort
I had no idea what to expect as I did not research this film or read the credits. I just pressed play. I'm not a big musical fan and started off being unimpressed. but I grew to really like this film. Light hearted, colourful and a story line that is simple but endearing. Too superficial to be realistic yet very watchable for its optimism and energy. Great entertainment.
Definitely feel good and fun, but I personally can't stand those everyone-is-connected-somehow-and-they-don't-even-know-it type plots. Too bad, because the musical numbers were such a joy to watch, especially Gene Kelly's. Fantastic costume design as well.
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.
Estéticamente entra por la vista gracias a la utilización de colores vivos y saturados, muy naïf todo, vaya. La música reafirma cada sentimiento; nos viene a decir que, a pesar de todo, cada uno encuentra el amor y supera las adversidades, que la vida puede seguir siendo estupenda. ¡Destila felicidad!
Demy’s musical masterpiece, a loving tribute to the Hollywood musical, is the sunny flipside to his earlier Cherbourg-set delight. Legrand is again responsible for the luscious score as the city of Rochefort is transformed into a pastel-colored backdrop for a story of love and separation where almost every character has an ideal partner but is kept from them in a series of missed connections until the joyful finale..