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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Les parapluies de Cherbourg

Directed by Jacques Demy
France, West Germany, 1964
Musical, Romance, Drama

Synopsis

This colorful, iconic Palme d’Or-winning musical stars Catherine Deneuve as a naive umbrella store owner’s teenage daughter who falls madly in love with a boy who is shipped off to fight in the Algerian War.

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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg Directed by Jacques Demy

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1964 | 3 wins including: Palme d'Or

Academy Awards

1965 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film

1966 | 4 nominations including: Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen

Amidst the film’s unyielding craft, Deneuve’s red eyes are like a violent crack in a heavily controlled façade… it’s as if the film’s thick, exquisitely colored curtains were suddenly pulled apart just enough for a timid slit of sunlight to come through and dramatically change every tone, every shade.
June 24, 2018
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This and THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT are noted for their use of color, but the schemes are distinct. In the latter, sunny pastels and bright whites obscure any hint of grimy realism. In THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG, which is more operatic in tone and structure, Demy utilizes bolder, more primary colors. This further allows for hints at the film’s fateful bitterness. All that glitters is gold in Demy’s world, but his is a gold that illuminates the screen while revealing its own artifice.
March 03, 2017
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Could this be the saddest musical of all time? One of the greatest films ever made in any genre, Jacques Demy’s masterpiece tells of a great love that turns out not be a great love at all… Michel Legrand’s occasionally lilting, occasionally thundering music works in tandem with Demy’s alternately intimate, alternately sweeping cinematic style to create a film that is often elusive and unexpectedly complex — and never not breathtaking.
October 28, 2015
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