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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Director: Jacques Demy Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon

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Jacques Demy's 1964 masterpiece is a pop-art opera, or, to borrow the director's own description, a film in song. This simple romantic tragedy begins in 1957. Guy Foucher (Nino Castelnuovo), a 20-year-old French auto mechanic, has fallen in love with 17-year-old Geneviève Emery (a luminous Catherine Deneuve), an employee in her widowed mother's chic but financially embattled umbrella shop. On the evening before Guy is to leave for a two-year tour of combat in Algeria, he and Geneviève make love. She becomes pregnant and must choose between waiting for Guy's return or accepting an offer of marriage from a wealthy diamond merchant (Marc Michel, reprising his role from Demy's masterful debut, Lola). A completely sung movie, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is closest in form to a cinematic opera. Composer Michel Legrand composed the score, modeling it around the patterns of everyday conversation. Umbrellas was re-released in 1997.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/11/2017
UPC: 0715515196819
Original Release: 1964
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:32:00
Sales rank: 364

Special Features

Once Upon a Time..."The Umbrellas of Cherbourg," a 2008 documentary; Interview from 2014 with film scholar Rodney Hill; French television interview from 1964 featuring director Jacques Demy and composer Michel Legrand discussing the film; Audio recordings of interviews with actor Catherine Deneuve; (1983) and Legrand (1991) at the National Film Theatre in London; Restoration demonstration; Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Catherine Deneuve Genevieve Emery
Nino Castelnuovo Guy
Anne Vernon Madame Emery
Marc Michel Roland Cassard
Ellen Farner Madeleine
Mireille Perrey Aunt Elise
Alfred Wolff Actor
Jean Champion Aubin
Philippe Dumat Actor
Dorothée Blanc Girl in Cafe
Harald Wolff Dubourg
Paul Pavel Actor
Rosalie Varda Francoise Cassard

Technical Credits
Jacques Demy Director,Screenwriter
Mag Bodard Producer
Anne-Marie Cotret Editor
Gilbert de Goldschmidt Producer
Bernard Evein Art Director
Michel Legrand Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Jacqueline Moreau Costumes/Costume Designer
Jean Rabier Cinematographer

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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Les Parapluies" is a must-see for anyone who loves the French language, and for those who appreciate good 60's cool jazz stylings. The dialogue is easily understood, even with just high school French proficiency, and the subtitles are easy to follow. The sets and costumes create a little world of 60's France for the viewer, transporting you to Cherbourg of the 1960's. The acting is flawless, as are the vocals and instrumentals. (The actors do not do the singing, but you wouldn't know it.) Highly recommended. I watch it over and over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not usually a big fan of foreign language films, however this is no ordinary movie. The beauty of the colors and the music made 'Umbrellas' magical. It was so easy to follow along, and it was mezmerizing to watch the story unfold. This is one of the best...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Umbrellas of Cherbourg is a delight for the ear and eye. The music by Michel Legrand is sublime and the performers are perfect in this all-singing movie. A non-French speaker, I had no trouble at all enjoying every moment of the film except when I had the handkerchief at my face wiping away the tears that seem to come each and every time I watch. One of the best films I have ever seen!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
first fell in love with this movie when it was shown during foreign language week in my high school back in 1975 (took French in high school), and loved it. i saw it again back in the early 90s on VHS, but was glad it was remastered digitally and put on dvd just recently, which I purchased from this site. little bit disappointed with the 'extras' as there was a short piece on jacques demy doing an interview...came to like the interview so much that i hoped it could have been extended... This is STILL the BEST movie I have ever viewed!!! It is greater than the maximum 5 stars!!! I cannot grow tired of this film.
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I thought I was immune to crying during a movie. Wrong! The Umbrellas of Cherbourg made me feel like I was in love for the very first time...every time I watched it. The colors are vibrant, the photography is almost alive in it's simplicity. You can almost believe you're really in Cherbourg, following the characters through their ordeals and passions, and the ultimate discovery that love is never ideal: it is a compromise, much as a walk in the rain sometimes requires an umbrella. Did I like this film? Just let me say 'oui!'; I am now learning to speak french.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie moved and touched me. Every time i see it, a tear comes to my eye. The melodies are breathtaking. A pure hit! I love this movie and have puchased 12 copies of it so far! If only there were more movies like this!