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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
a film for all the young lovers of the world
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, 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. A completely sung movie, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is closest in form to a cinematic opera.
Beautiful. I want to live in this movie.
Enter the world of Jacques Demy, where realistic tales can unfold themselves in charming and colorful surroundings. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is an elegant musical which feels just like pure and ordinary life.
It is a very honest form of narrating that Demy has taken into use. The story progresses in a very focused way, without taking any melodramatic turns along the way. The story is about love and establishment, were we follow a young couple in a small and charming town at the north-west coast of France. When the male part leaves for the army, the girl is put into a simple dilemma which will determine her whole future. The plot is simple, but it is something which everyone…
I lost track of how many times this movie made me cry. Sometimes I lost it just from being overwhelmed by how perfect the sets and colors were, and the sadness, and especially every time the theme played.
I'm still crying.
I want to watch it again.
Glad I finally saw this so I know it IS possible to make a great musical that also handles devastating human traumas in a social context. And Demy even does it under generic trappings of bright colors, sing-speaking and the jazzy bombast of Michel Legrand's score (both ironic counterpoint and pure expression of genuine feeling). Take notes, Tom.
Beautiful film! Glad I got to see it in the cinema.
Orson Welles once said that one way of telling a great film is whether you believe the characters continue existing and going about their lives once they're out of the frame. Luckily for Umbrellas of Cherboug that isn't the only criterion, such is the films revelry in its own artifice. It's so brazen in its artificiality and shameless in the story's familiar melodrama that it sort of wins you over. But the film is best known for two main attributes, which I'll give my take on.
The actors sing every. single. line. I like musicals as much as the next person* but this was too much for me, but I appreciate it on a sort of partially successful experiment level.…
Beautiful film! Glad I got to see it in the cinema.
I keep forgetting how devastatingly sad this is. The bright colours and peppy jazz score (both exceedingly gorgeous on this new remastered Blu-Ray) lull me into a false sense of security but then, of course, "I Will Wait for You" starts and the film ascends to its truly legendary status and wrecks me. Still, even if you've seen a film many times, a good one will still always invite new things. For me, the biggest two this time around were the references to Madame de... in the scene where Mme. Emery sells her necklace (and the implications of that for the rest of the story) as well as Mme. Emery herself - Anne Vernon - giving a shockingly good performance as a mother who wants her daughter to be happy, but can't let her own prejudices and hypocrisies prevent her from doing so.
Between the bright pastels that saturate nearly every scene, the accentuated camera angles, tracking shots, and occasional quick zooms, I'm convinced that if Wes Anderson ever directed a musical, it would be visually very similar to this.
The story is a basic musical romance: girl and guy meet and are hopelessly smitten with one another. Her mother disapproves and wants her to marry the considerate rich guy for security. The first guy is called away (drafted), and she is heartbroken and begins to consider the rich guy's proposal despite a major caveat. However, there is a twist to the otherwise standard story in the end of the second act and the third act which causes the guy and girl to…
I cant get into a lot of TALK SINGING movies, Les Miserables is a great example where it sounded horrible, but i belirve to have found a answer, Foreign talk singing movies, just listen to the language being spoken which comes out nice when talk singing, and reading the Subtitles together with that, it just flows, and here the story of two meeting and falling in love is a engaging one, their journey through meeting, losing and finding each other, is nicely played and at under 90 minutes certainly doesn't outstay its welcome
Gradually and completely wore down all my considerable cynicism and by the time that beautiful ending rolled around, I was all in. It seems wrong somehow, but you win this round, Demy.
It's a little artificial, but it's a brisk and sweeping romance. A valentine to love and humanity, and Catherine Denueve is a total beauty. It's the best cinematic opera ever made, and the music sounds nice. But the greatest thing about the film is the powerful ending, how it swelled my heart and as I fought those vicious tear glands, I lost. Damn you Jacques Demy!
I loved every moment of this. I'm not sure I can think of any other movie musical that has a more perfect synchronization of music and imagery than this.
Maybe happiness just makes me sad.
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