Jacques Demy followed up The Umbrellas of Cherbourg with another musical about missed connections and second chances, this one a more effervescent confection. Twins Delphine and Solange, a dance instructor and a music teacher (played by real-life sisters Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac), long for big-city life; when a fair comes through their quiet port town, so does the possibility of escape. With its jazzy Michel Legrand score, pastel paradise of costumes, and divine supporting cast (George Chakiris, Grover Dale, Danielle Darrieux, Michel Piccoli, and Gene Kelly), The Young Girls of Rochefort is a tribute to Hollywood optimism from sixties French cinema's preeminent dreamer.
French television interview from 1966 featuring director Jacques Demy and composer Michel Legrand discussing the music for the film
New conversation between Demy biographer Jean-Pierre Berthomé and costume designer Jacqueline Moreau
Episode from Behind the Screen, a 1966 series about the making of the film
Filmmaker Agnès Varda's 1993 documentary The Young Girls Turn 25 (Blu-ray only)