“En-Chanté”: The World of Jacques Demy and Michel Legrand
About the film
Les Demoiselles de Rochefort dir. Jacques Demy (1967)
Twin sisters Delphine and Solange, played by real-life sisters Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac, realise their dream of working for the stage when they are discovered by a couple associated with a carnival and find love in the process. Michel Legrand composed the score for the film, to Demy’s lyrics.
En-chanté: The World of Jacques Demy and Michel Legrand
This year 2023 marks the 60th anniversary of the beloved French film musical Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, created by director Jacques Demy and composer Michel Legrand. This bittersweet tale of two young lovers is sung from beginning to end, with no spoken dialogue—a bold and unique idea at the time. To celebrate the anniversary, this series will present it alongside two other classic musical films by Demy and Legrand, Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (1966) and Peau d’Âne (1970). Together, the three form a kind of trilogy, exploring themes of love, separation, regret, and family. All feature the actress whom Les Parapluies helped launch to stardom, Catherine Deneuve. Legrand’s magnificent musical scores range across many styles, including jazz, the romantic, and the neo-baroque. Prior to the screenings, Walter Frisch will present remarks to discuss the social, cultural, historical, and musical contexts of the films within their time and within the careers of Demy and Legrand.