Ignore the narration. ("What other kind of affinity brings these girls together? What are the deep-rooted emotions that remove them completely from the company of men, yet at the same time cause them to emulate the masculine appearance—with such pathetic results?”) Instead, enjoy 1950s—or 60s?—gay Paris, courtesy of Italian director Gualtiero Jacopetti and VSL.

"Underlying sadness"? Looks like a lovely time to me.