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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
a film for all the young lovers of the world
This simple romantic tragedy begins in 1957. Guy Foucher, a 20-year-old French auto mechanic, has fallen in love with 17-year-old Geneviève Emery, 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.
When I was growing up in the 60’s, if my Dad wasn’t practicing piano, or we weren’t watching TV in the evening, the radio was always on. Now, being the mid-sixties, you would expect this would be a smorgasbord of Beatles, Stones, The Birds, and an assortment of early hippy fodder. Not so on CFRB 1010 AM, the station my parents listened to. CFRB was a conservative ‘adult’ radio station. In 1964 you would be very likely to hear Dean Martin, and very unlikely to hear The Beatles except maybe as part of the newscast reporting on how teenagers were losing their minds en masse.
One of the most likely songs you’d bump into was I’ll wait for you
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is something of an outlier in the French New Wave canon. It's predominantly a jazz opera, highly influenced by American musicals, and yet maintains a unique sensibility that defined new wave cinema. It's shot primarily on location in Cherbourg, but the real-life locations have been given an artifice through lurid Technicolor, studio-lighting, post-modern graffiti and a pastiche of delightfully outrageous costume choices.
This could be a loose adaptation of Pagnol's Fanny trilogy, or just as easily a musical rendering of Kazan's Splendor in the Grass filtered through the pastels of West Side Story.
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg remains an utterly unique, delectable treat for the senses.
I dislike musicals for the most part, but what I really hate are musicals that sing "pass the salt". That drives me batty. Musical numbers, you know, song and dance type of stuff ok if necessary, but singing dialogue? Ouch.
This was singing dialogue.
So you can imagine what the rest of the film was like for me to rate it so highly.
I thought Wong kar-wai owned reds and greens but boy he's got nothing on Jacques Demy's production designer. The colours are crazy, almost cartooney there for a while. In fact the first act is so bubblegum that you wonder if you should take it seriously but while you are making your decision something about it all comes…
The idea of singing every single line of dialogue seems ostensibly ridiculous, so how did Jacques Demy make it seem as if there was never any other way of performing a musical? And not just your standard whimsical, epic romance. The story of Guy and Genevieve reminds us of the unforgiving nature of circumstance in a world drenched with vibrant technicolor. Melancholy has rarely looked so beautiful.
An opening Count Basie style swing number sends us finger clicking into a beautifully shot, Technicolor-land of yellows, blues and greens. When a young elegant Catherine Deneuve glides onscreen to complete the other half of this handsome couple, the spell being cast upon us is in full effect.…
Connected with Demy's debut Lola (1961), not only because taking place in the famous place of Cherbourg that was mentioned a lot, but also because of character references, such as Lola's infancy friend Roland Cassard and Lola herself, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg represents the epitome of Demy's musical delightfulness. We saw it coming since Lola, perhaps subconsciously, but now his musicals do have singing and complement the situations marvelously.
I had personally never imagined to see a director officially considered as a part of the Nouvelle Vague movement adapting the Hollywood tradition to the big screens of France with renowned actresses such as Anouk Aimée, Jeanne Moreau and Catherine Deneuve. And what was…
My Jacques Demy boxset arrived in the mail, and I didn't waste any time diving into it - starting with his most popular film. The fact that I had heard so many great things about his films, even before Criterion released this boxset, meant that I had to get properly acquainted. Blind-buying a boxset is a risky venture but I had a good feeling I wouldn't be let down.
Starting with The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, I was hit with the realization that this film is not just a musical in the traditional sense (which is all I knew going in), but a film that's entirely sung! The charcter's body language and tonal swings reflected in song just as they would…
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I can't believe how much this film did right. In theory the idea of every line being sung doesn't sound appealing to me much at all, but after only 10 or so minutes I was absolutely loving it. All the music is fantastic and the dialogue just flows perfectly with it.
But god damn, if that wasn't enough then there's the colours. This is literally the most beautiful use of colours I have ever seen. The cinematography is just fantastic and every scene is overflowing with colour.
A wonderful story, with beautiful visuals and some damn good music.
i cant write a review of this i have to sing it
Despite not being particularly revolutionary, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is a delightful movie. It has singing! It has choreographed umbrella dancing! It has Catherine Deneuve! Plus, it's in French, which makes it feel sophisticated, even though it's just like a typical, kind of contrived love story.
maybe a 2nd viewing will help it all click but this first viewing made it feel like i was watching the movie in the third person, where i recognized the brilliance but none of it hit me on an emotional level. kind of a bummer b/c i really really really liked lola and bay of angels.
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg was not a film I intended to see soon, but it came upon me as the night settled and as I was in the mood for a different nouvelle vague film other than François or Godard. Honestly, I didn't know this film was a musical, a sung-through musical to be precise, until a few minutes prior to seeing it. Now, I'm glad I have seen it.
From the very first images I knew I was in for a treat. The opening sequence with the umbrellas is, as how I see it, a charming and beautifully choreographed introductory dance, preparing our eyes with the palette that will be seen and savoured throughout the entire film. Jacques Demy…
The doubts I expressed on my previous review were pretty much obliterated on this viewing. Can't recall a movie character crying as heartbreakingly as Geneviève does in the beginning of this.
A French musical that is somewhat an odd product of the French New Wave but nonetheless maintains many of its characteristics.
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is surprisingly rich, moving and at times moves with such poignancy one would hardly imagine a musical set-up be able to do. Always a delightful and emotional re-watch it's a movie that even if it didn't quite start a new trend remains ageless and beautiful.
For years of my life I had heard my Grandmother talk about her love of this movie. She had an old import soundtrack album. While I liked some of Michel Legrand music, I was too young to appreciate it.
In 2004 the film was re-stored and re-released. I attended with a couple of friends -- and then I "got" what my Grandmother saw in this Cinematic Masterpiece. Aside from the fact that this is a true pop opera -- not a word is spoken -- Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo may not be doing their own singing, but you would be hard-pressed to find two more beautiful young people.
Their bittersweet love story is engaging. It is hard not to…
This film broke me in a whole new way.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
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