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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1964]

  • SKU: 32549945
  • Release Date: 04/11/2017
  • Rating: NR

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    Special Features

    • Audio recordings of interviews with actor Catherine Deneuve (1983) and Legrand (1991) at the National Film Theatre in London
    • 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


    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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      "Umbrellas of Cherbourg"-"La La Land" on steroids

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      If you liked "La La Land", you'll LOVE the 1964 French musical "Umbrellas Of Cherbourg"! It's part of the superb Criterion Collection, where a quality image is always job 1. The whole movie is done in song, more like an opera than "La La Land". But due to the marvelous, romantic music of French composer Michele Legrand and the colorful direction of Jacques Demy, it has a modern, even frantic pace that will please even those who would never step inside an opera hall. Demy fills the scenes in rich, saturated colors that make even a drab French street look like a painting. It's all about two young people hopelessly in love (Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo) but their dreams come apart at the seams due to the young man's draft notice to fight in the Algerian War.

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