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.
- MPAA Rating: Not Rated
- Genre(s): Drama
- Run Time: 90min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 12/08/2002
- DVD Release Date: 11/26/1997
- Distributor(s): Zeitgeist
- Themes: Lovers Reunited,Romantic Betrayal,Home From the War,First Love,Love Triangles,Star-Crossed Lovers
- Tone: Bittersweet,Lavish,Lyrical,Passionate,Stylized,Sweet,Wistful
pearl, romance, France, gas-station, jeweler, love, marriage-of-convenience, military-draft, pregnancy, star-crossed-lovers, umbrella
- Language: French