Jacques Demy's tribute to Hollywood musicals, THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT (1967; restored by Demy's widow, Agnes Varda, in 1998), breezes by amusingly until it collapses under its own weight; the results are a bit like eating too much ice cream sundae.
Two of the young girls of Rochefort, France, are the fraternal Garnier twins, blonde Delphine (Catherine Deneuve), a ballet dancer, and redheaded Solange (Francoise Dorleac), a serious composer. The sisters support themselves by giving music and dancing lessons, but they long for fame, fortune,
and romance, planning to realize their dreams in Paris. Meanwhile, they help their unmarried mother, Madam Yvonne (Danie...