The umbrellas of Cherbourg

The umbrellas of Cherbourg

DVD - 2004 | French
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A tender, bittersweet love story, sung throughout in French
Publisher: [Port Washington, New York] : Koch Lorber Films : Distributed by Koch Vision, c2004
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 9781417200269
141720026X
Branch Call Number: DVD Umbrellas
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (92 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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MT60
Sep 14, 2017

I watched it out of curiosity because it is a famous movie, but was very skeptical and was ready to skip through it. I must admit that the intensely colorful visual style, the singing of every bit of dialogue, and the simple yet profound story captivated me. Having heard of Denueve but knowing very little about her, the audio interview with her in the extra material is enlightening. Her flawless English reveals a strong intellect.

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jezicuhh
Mar 20, 2017

I was absolutely enthralled by this movie. Sure, it can be really simplistic at some points and very fantasy driven. It is entirely sung in French and I found it so charming and beautiful. Every single scene was extremely vibrant in color. A true dream for a musical film nerd like myself. I was hanging on to every note!!

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mswrite
Mar 23, 2016

So touching, so sad, so difficult to describe...
It's a simple, classic story of a boy (the darkly handsome Nino Castelnuovo) and girl (a ravishingly blonde Catherine Denueve, in her first major role) who fall deeply in love, but are thwarted by time and circumstance. He gets drafted, she discovers she's pregnant, and as she and her worried mama agonize, a new lover comes along with a past heartache of his own...

Released in 1964 "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" was--and still is, really--quite unlike anything that came before it. Director Jacques Demy had fallen in love with Hollywood musicals like "Singin' in the Rain" and "An American in Paris" and wanted to make a "Hollywood musical" too, of sorts, but one that reflected his own sensibilities. He was ably assisted in the effort by the great composer Michel Legrand, whose sweepingly romantic and memorable score produced English language popular tunes "I Will Wait For You" and "Watch What Happens."

The colors, the mood, the music--it all adds up to a magical and truly unforgettable film experience.

Brancher Sep 10, 2013

One of the most beautiful and heartbreaking movies ever made. The sung dialog is odd, yet compelling and the busy floral wallpaper plays off against the young Catherine Deneuve's wardrobe. Amazing!

aramadima Sep 21, 2012

What a wonderful movie. So much sensibility, beautiful shots of the 60s in France, an endearing couple and a strange collection of emotions: love, humor, sadness. The entire movie dialogue is sung, but not in a cheesy Broadway-musical style, but rather in a modern opera kind of way. Hard to describe, just check this movie out!

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