THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG

Directed by Jacques Demy | Written by Jacques Demy
US release date: October 18, 2013
Directed and written by Jacques Demy
With Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon
91 min, Drama, Musical, Romance, France, 1964

Rain splashes on cobblestone streets, multi-colored parapluies pop up against pastel walls, and ardent lovers rendezvous, while music fills the air. Nothing like Demy’s musical fantasy had ever been seen before, as Bernard Evein’s production design and Demy’s own artistry transformed the actual streets of Cherbourg, on which lovers Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo meet, into the most ethereal of creations, while every line of dialogue, from mundane car mechanics’ jargon to the transcendence of the young lovers’ impassioned vows, is sung to Michel Legrand’s now-classic score.

This jeu d’esprit of the French New Wave wedded the movement’s stylistic innovations to the worlds of Pagnol, Borzage and Minnelli; made 20-year-old Deneuve internationally famous; took the top prize and Best Actress award at Cannes; garnered five Oscar nominations; and, in its overwhelming romanticism, capped by a snow-blanketed Christmas climax at an Esso station, reduced packed houses around the world to bittersweet tears.


Opens in the US on October 18, 2013

- NYC on October 18, 2013 at Film Forum
 
This film may not be shown in all US cities, please check your local listings for exact showtimes and places.

US Distribution:
Janus Films
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