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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)

Les parapluies de Cherbourg (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 16 December 1964 (USA)
A young girl separated from her lover by war faces a life altering decision.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Nino Castelnuovo ...
Anne Vernon ...
Marc Michel ...
Ellen Farner ...
Madeleine
Mireille Perrey ...
Tante Élise
Jean Champion ...
Aubin (as J. Champion)
Pierre Caden ...
Bernard (as P. Caden)
Jean-Pierre Dorat ...
Jean (as J.P. Dorat)
Bernard Fradet ...
Gas Station Apprentice (as B. Fradet)
Michel Benoist ...
Umbrella Buyer (as M. Benoist)
Philippe Dumat ...
Garage Customer in 1957 (as P. Dumat)
Dorothée Blanck ...
Girl in Cafe (as D. Blank)
Jane Carat ...
Ginny (as J. Carat)
Harald Wolff ...
Monsieur Dubourg
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Storyline

Told in four acts, the lives of Geneviève Emery and Guy Foucher of Cherbourg France are presented. Act 1 begins in November 1957, when sixteen year old Geneviève, who works in her widowed mother's umbrella shop called "Les parapluies de Cherbourg", and twenty year old Guy, who works as a mechanic at a gas station, are madly in love and want to get married. They are reluctant to tell anyone not only of their want to get married, but of their relationship. Geneviève believes her mother will think her too young, and would want her to marry someone with better prospects, especially considering her own tenuous financial situation. And Guy is more concerned now about not abandoning his ailing godmother, Aunt Élise, who raised him, and who he looks after along with a young woman named Madeleine. Act 2, told largely from Geneviève's perspective, begins in February 1958. Guy, drafted to fight for the French in Algeria, has been gone for two months, and is expected to be gone for two years. ... Written by Huggo

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$18,425 (USA) (13 February 2004)

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$18,425 (USA) (13 February 2004)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

All the dialogue in the film is sung. See more »

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In the beginning of the film, set in 1957, there is a picture in Guy's locker at work of Marilyn Monroe wearing an orange boat-neck shirt, . The photograph was taken by George Barris in 1962 during her last photo shoot. See more »

Quotes

Madame Emery: I saw the cutest little rompers at the department store.
Geneviève Emery: Admit that you're pleased.
Madame Emery: I'd be more pleased if this baby had a father, and you had a husband.
Geneviève Emery: Guy will come back.
Madame Emery: Guy or someone else.
Geneviève Emery: Absence is a funny thing. I feel like Guy left years ago. I look at this photo, and I forget what he really looks like. When I think of him, it's this photo that I see.
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Referenced in Histoire(s) du cinéma: Une histoire seule (1989) See more »

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Just simply the most beautiful romantic film ever made
10 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In 1957 France a 17 year old shop girl (Catherine Deneuve) is in love with a gas station worker (Nino Castelnuovo). Her mother is totally against the romance. He's called off to serve in the war for two years. They must part but have sex before he leaves. Then she discovers she's pregnant...

Sounds terrible but it isn't. All the dialogue is sung and the film is done in just breathtaking color--all the sets are decorated to take advantage of this. The colors just leap out at you and some of the scenes are unbelievably beautiful. The musical score is haunting and Deneuve (who became known by this film) and Castelnuovo make a very attractive, sympathetic couple.

The film is just gorgeous--I can't stress enough how beautiful it is and the music (especially the title theme) is so moving. It all leads up to a finale that has me crying every single time I see it. It IS a happy ending (sort of) but the emotions of the two characters really tear you apart.

The acting is good, the film moves quickly (90 minutes) and--quite simply--this is one of the best foreign films ever made. It's not for everybody but if you're a romantic (like me) you'll love it. But be warned--have PLENTY of tissue handy for the end. I've seen it four times and I STILL cry at the end! A definite must see. A 10+.


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