Friday, June 27, 2008

Les Soeurs Jumelles

I knew that the Jacques Demy musical Les Demoiselles De Rochefort was made into a stage show a few years ago, but I didn't realize how updated the sound was. When Americans make old movie musicals into stage musicals, they usually stick pretty closely to the retro sound, but listen to what happened with the first song from Les Demoiselles in the 2003 stage version. First, here's the the song as it appears in the original film, mimed by the Dorleac sisters and sung by I'm not sure who:





And here's the stage version, performed by Frédérica Sorel and Mélanie Cohl in the roles originally played by Deneuve and Dorleac. It looks like it was a fun show; I just can't imagine an American or British stage show updating the sound of an old musical quite that much. It would be like if the stage version of Mary Poppins added a techno beat or something.



Plus, here's what appears to be a promotional music video made to tie in with the stage show:



4 comments:

Jon Delfin said...

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062873/ Scroll down the cast list a ways; the singers are listed.

Jaime J. Weinman said...

Was Francoise Dorleac really dubbed by a man, or is that another IMDb snafu?

Marissa said...

Well, the name "Claude" in French can be used for either girls or boys (think of actress Claude Jade from "Stolen Kisses.") So maybe Claude Parent is a woman and IMDB should change the word "himself" to "herself."

Jim said...

The new version was done as a TV special by the main French channel TF1 a few years back. The DVD is listed as being available on Amazon.fr http://www.amazon.fr/Demoiselles-Rochefort-Michel-Legrand/dp/B0002J49DI/ so you should be able to get a copy without too much trouble. But why not spend the money instead on seeing the great spy spoof from a couple of years back "OSS 117: Cairo, nest of spies". It gets the style of the early Bond films absolutely spot on. It got a US release last month and the few prints seem to be making their way slowly north.