Runtime: 92 minutes
France / French with English subtitles
Directed by Jacques Demy
Starring Catherine Deneuve
Cinematica’s Movie of the Month for June 2017.
“No movie has ever hit me more. I remember seeing it for the first time as a kid and going from annoyed — ‘Are they really going to do this much singing?’ — to utterly overwhelmed by the end. It was the combination of fantasy and realism that got me.” – La La Land director Damien Chazelle on The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (read full article)
Synopsis: The angelically beautiful Catherine Deneuve was launched to stardom by this dazzling musical heart-tugger from Jacques Demy. She plays an umbrella-shop owner’s delicate daughter, glowing with first love for a handsome garage mechanic, played by Nino Castelnuovo. When the boy is shipped off to fight in Algeria, the two lovers must grow up quickly. Exquisitely designed in a kaleidoscope of colors, and told entirely through lilting songs by the great composer Michel Legrand, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is one of the most revered and unorthodox movie musicals of all time.
“A glorious romantic confection unlike any other in movie history.” -Washington Post
“What’s so overpoweringly beautiful about The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg is that it matches human-scaled feelings of regret with the color and intensity of the movies Demy loved as a boy.” -The Dissolve