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!
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.
If this movie got magically transformed into a person it would be one of those girls that are so pretty, so well dressed and so gracious that they can get away with being shallow and not having much to talk about other than their puerile romantic aspirations.
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.