I have this problem with Demy: his movies are enjoyable, glittering, cheerful, but most of them, eventually, plainly empty. And that fact bothers me. The only one that was not was 'The Umbrellas of Cherbourg'. Deneuve obviously is not a dancer, haha, but she's still magnificent. Easy to watch and relaxing movie for a sad afternoon will make everyone feel better!
A lovely over the top concoction that practically makes you throw up rainbows and candy. The colours are explosive yet harmonious, and the music has this undertone of melancholia. Mixed with the visuals it makes this a strange but also completely logical and fluent film. I never thought I would like this, but the subtle parody of Hollywood musicals while at the same time paying tribute to them was impressive.
One of the great European musicals: Michel Legrand's score is surprisingly manifold in incorporating different stylistic features. Norman Maen did a great job in creating the choreography (strongly influenced by the 1961 "West Side Story" choreography of Jerome Robbins). And the mostly colorful (but also - in the piano - store, white) set and costume design ensures an artificial and somewhat dreamlike atmosphere.