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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Not Rated In Theaters 12/8/2002 , 90min.
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Plot & Details

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.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1965 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Jacques Demy Nominated
1965 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song Jacques Demy Nominated
1965 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Score Michel Legrand Nominated
1965 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song Norman Gimbel Nominated
1964 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Foreign Language Film Jacques Demy Nominated
1965 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song Michel Legrand Nominated
1965 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Score Jacques Demy Nominated
1965 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Score Michel Legrand Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1965 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Foreign Film - Foreign Language Nominated

Cannes Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1964 Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix Won

French Film Critics Circle

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1963 French Film Critics Circle Prix Louis-Delluc Jacques Demy Won

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