The Umbrellas of Cherbourg [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1964]

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Overview

Special Features

  • (1983) and Legrand (1991) at the National Film Theatre in London
  • Audio recordings of interviews with actor Catherine Deneuve
  • French television interview from 1964 featuring director Jacques Demy and composer Michel Legrand discussing the film
  • Interview from 2014 with film scholar Rodney Hill
  • Once Upon a Time..."The Umbrellas of Cherbourg," a 2008 documentary
  • Restoration demonstration
  • Trailer

Synopsis

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Jacques Demy's 1964 masterpiece is a pop-art opera, or, to borrow the director's own description, a film in song. This simple romantic tragedy 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 mother's 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 Guy's return or accepting an offer of marriage from a wealthy diamond merchant (Marc Michel, reprising his role from Demy's 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, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Catherine Deneuve
    Catherine Deneuve - Genevieve Emery
  • Nino Castelnuovo
    Nino Castelnuovo - Guy
  • Anne Vernon
    Anne Vernon - Madame Emery
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    Marc Michel - Roland Cassard
  • Image coming soon
    Ellen Farner - Madeleine
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