In this fun, fizzy Jacques Demy musical comedy, real-life siblings Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac star as sisters teaching ballet in the French coastal town of Rochefort who long to run away to Paris. The movie has long existed in the shadow of Demy’s The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, but it possesses charms all its own, notably an upbeat soundtrack from Michel Legrand and Gene Kelly as Dorléac’s American love interest.
No film genre is more polarising than the musical. Even if you love both music and movies, combining the two into a storytelling device can drive certain cinephiles insane. Why would you sing dialogue rather than speak it? Why the hell are all the extras suddenly dancing? One person’s heart-swelling song-and-dance number is another’s nails on a chalkboard. But the truth is, lavish musical performances have been an integral part of movie culture ever since the first major talkie, 1927’s The Jazz Singer. So if you’re going to consider yourself a true film fan, learning to love the musical is a crucial part of your education. Here are 40 great places to start.