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