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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)

Les parapluies de Cherbourg (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 16 December 1964 (USA)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Nino Castelnuovo ...
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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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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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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg  »

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

The children in the final scene have personal connections to the filmmakers: Genevieve's daughter Françoise is played by Jacques Demy's adopted daughter by Agnes Varda, Rosalie Varda-Demy; and Guy's son François is played by composer Michel Legrand's son. 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 »

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Geneviève Emery: I'm pregnant, Mother.
Madame Emery: Pregnant by Guy? This is horrible! How is it possible?
Geneviève Emery: Well, just like with everybody.
Madame Emery: Don't joke. This is serious. What are we going to do?
Geneviève Emery: What do you mean?
Madame Emery: What are we going to do with the child?
Geneviève Emery: Raise it.
Madame Emery: What are we going to say?
Geneviève Emery: To who?
Madame Emery: Our friends, our neighbors!
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Pure romance with a beautiful score
22 October 2003 | by (Spokane, Washington) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie in 1964 when I was 11 years old. It was my introduction to heartbreaking love and this movie probably influenced my love life or how I imagined love was supposed to be. My mother had to lead me from the theatre when it was over because I was blinded with tears. Many years passed until I was able to order the film in VHS and watch it again (about 3 years ago). I still love it. The vivid colors, Genevieve and Guy's beauty and youth, and the beautiful score by Michele LeGrande combine to transport you to a magical place. I loved the fact that every word was sung, but it was not like opera at all. After a few minutes it was as if every word is always sung and talking doesn't exist. Catherine Deneuve was so beautiful! I love this movie and highly recommend it.


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