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MPAA Rating - n/a

    92 Minutes


Original Release Date:
    Apr 6, 2004

    Jacques Demy

    Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon, Marc Michel, Ellen Farner, Mireille Perrey

Movie Summary
Jacques Demys 1964 masterpiece is a pop-art opera, or, to borrow the directors own description, a film in song. This simple omantic ragedy begins in 1957. Guy Foucher (Nino Castelnuovo), a 20-year-old French auto mechanic, has fallen in love with 17-year-old Geneviève Emery (a luminous Catherine Deneuve), an employee in her widowed mothers chic but financially embattled umbrella shop. On the evening before Guy is to leave for a two-year tour of combat in Algeria, he and Geneviève make love. She becomes pregnant and must choose between waiting for Guys return or accepting an offer of marriage from a wealthy diamond merchant (Marc Michel, reprising his role from Demys masterful debut, Lola). A completely sung movie, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is closest in form to a cinematic opera. Composer Michel Legrand composed the score, modeling it around the patterns of everyday conversation. Umbrellas was re-released in 1997. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Movie Guide


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