The umbrellas of Cherbourg

The umbrellas of Cherbourg

Les parapluies de Cherbourg

DVD - 2014 | French
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Geneviève (Catherine Deneuve), a shop assistant, falls in love with Guy (Nino Castelnuovo), a gas station mechanic. A tender, bittersweet love story, sung throughout in French.


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Aug 09, 2018

Saw this classic a number of times and it's sunnier and less melancholic than Umbrellas of C.
Did anyone mention that this is the only film in which Gene Kelly sang every word in French?
Later on, Demy's widow Varda, in her bio, mention that Demy died of AIDS in his California period. For those who haven't seen any of Varda's films, check out The Gleaners & I, Cleo from 5 to 7 and Villages Visages, all available @ BPL.

Jun 08, 2018

Bright, buoyant, bubbly French 60s musicals from director Jacques Demy. It's a sort of companion piece to his earlier film, "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg." Real life sisters Catherine Deneuve and Francoise Dorleac play sisters. Gene Kelley, Michel PIccoli, and that Shark dude from "West Side Story" co-star. Don't expect much of a plot, but do expect to be charmed. It's like drinking champagne while eating ice cream and cradling a puppy. Demy was married to another pioneering French director, Agnes Varda.

Sep 21, 2017

You gotta be in the mood for a jazz-driven French musical full of color, light on plot, heavy on dance and brimming with sentimentality. I smiled my way through ... my husband gave up after 30 minutes.

Sep 14, 2017

I watched it out of curiosity because it is a famous movie, but was very skeptical and was ready to skip through it. I must admit that the intensely colorful visual style, the singing of every bit of dialogue, and the simple yet profound story captivated me. Having heard of Denueve but knowing very little about her, the audio interview with her in the extra material is enlightening. Her flawless English reveals a strong intellect.

ArapahoeAlison May 25, 2017

This classic musical from the 1960's directed by Jacques Demy won numerous Academy Awards and introduced American audiences to Catherine Deneuve. Last year's big hit La La Land drew heavily from this movie. Wonderful music by Michel Legrand.

Mar 20, 2017

I was absolutely enthralled by this movie. Sure, it can be really simplistic at some points and very fantasy driven. It is entirely sung in French and I found it so charming and beautiful. Every single scene was extremely vibrant in color. A true dream for a musical film nerd like myself. I was hanging on to every note!!

Feb 26, 2017

According to some magazines, this French musical from 1967, influenced La la land Oscar nominated movie, favourite to win in many categories for 2017.

Dec 07, 2014

This is a 1964 French musical film directed by Jacques Demy.
Its famous theme music was written by Michel Legrand.
The film dialogue is all sung as recitative, even the most casual conversation.
Jacques Demy has turned the basic drama of everyday life into a gripping opera full of bittersweet passion and unforgettablel charm, featuring a timeless performance from Catherine Deneuve.
I seldom cry while watching movies, but on this one my tears came out at the somewhat-happy-yet-melancholic-and-thought-provoking end.

Froster Nov 29, 2014

Demy's whimsy is leaden and literal, and there is nothing magical about this fairy tale. The colors are garish, the clothes look like cheap, rented theatrical costumes, the set design is horrendous (except, of course for the Chateau Chambord, which looks great), the production numbers are ludicrous, and the "special" effects are anything but. Jean Cocteau's "Beauty and the Beast" (to which this is an obvious homage) did far more with far less. This film's sole redeeming quality is that it captures Deneuve's perfect beauty at its peak. All this failure of imagination, and it turns out that Demy was gay? You can't prove it by this turkey.

Oct 27, 2014

Wonderful opening shot . Interesting film and Jeanne Moreau played the part so well.

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