The Dorléac Sisters

Every film lover has heard of Catherine Deneuve, one of the long-reigning queens of French Cinema, who has made over 100 films since her breakout performance in Jacques Demy’s bittersweet, candy-colored The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, but not everyone knows that she was born Catherine Fabienne Dorléac, and that she had an older sister, Françoise Dorleac, who was also an actress, who died at the young age of 25 after making just a handful of films. Inspired by the availability of recent 35mm and digital restorations of several of the sisters’ classic films, we present a number of them this spring, work directed by French masters Demy, Melville and Truffaut, as well as a super fun romp by Philippe de Broca, That Man From Rio; and Luis Buñuel’s dark comedy, Tristana. See the sisters side by side in the Demy’s widescreen romantic tribute to the American musical, The Young Girls of Rochefort, featuring a song everyone can appreciate: “You Must Believe in Spring”! Cosponsored with the French Studies Program.

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