The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
"Les parapluies de Cherbourg" (original title)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nino Castelnuovo ...
Anne Vernon ...
Marc Michel ...
Ellen Farner ...
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 ...
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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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Release Date:

16 December 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Sound Mix:

(restored version) (1992)|



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rosalie Varda-Demy was a team member of this film's restoration project in 2013. She was the little girl in the black Mercedes (Geneviève's daughter) at the end of the film in 1963. See more »


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 »


Guy Foucher: We'll have children.
Geneviève Emery: I'll name our daughter Francoise.
Guy Foucher: And if it is a boy?
Geneviève Emery: It will be a girl. We've always had girls in the family.
Guy Foucher: One o'clock.
Geneviève Emery: If Mother's not asleep, what a scene there will be.
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Referenced in Boudu (2005) See more »

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Most unfortunate if you can't bear singing in movies.

1. Coloring, that is absolutely matchless 2. Even the first notes of the main theme make you cry 3. Unique way of singing in a musical 4. One of the most touching love stories 5. Beautiful Catherine Deneuve 6. It's not American 7. Made in the sixties 8. You can watch it over and over again 9. Since you've once seen it.. you must watch it over and over again 10. Esso-scene

Ten more or less good reasons why this just might be the one.. the favorite movie of mine. I partly understand people who hate it, the singing is the main reason i think. But the unique way of singing! Not in the traditional way this is a musical, people just happen to sing when they talk. And the music (especially main theme) is so hauntingly beautiful it really does make you want to cry when you hear the first notes.

The coloring is like in no other film. The clothing and background have been matched in every single scene of the movie. That's real cinema, that's beautiful! And if that's beautiful already, then what comes when the 20-year old Catherine Deneuve is in the lead role! Just WOW!

Once again I don't bother explaining any of the plot, because there's no point really...but one of the saddest scenes in movie history, is the Esso-scene in this one. Watch it! if you're not too busy watching the latest Van-Damme.

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