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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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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nino Castelnuovo ...
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 ...
Monsieur Dubourg


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?


Stage adaptations in New York (1979), Paris (1979), Los Angeles (1979), London (1980), Tokyo (1983), Denmark (2014). 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 »


Madame Emery: My little girl, you're crazy! Thinking of marriage at sixteen!
Geneviève Emery: Seventeen.
Madame Emery: In love!
Geneviève Emery: Am I too ugly or too stupid?
Madame Emery: No, you're not ugly. You're not the fairest of them all, but you're neither ugly nor stupid. You have plenty of time. You think you're in love, but love is something different. You do not just fall in love with a face in the street.
Geneviève Emery: He's a young man whom I've met several times, and he loves me. We want to get married.
Madame Emery: I am shocked!
Geneviève Emery: I went to the theater with him last night.
Madame Emery: So you ...
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Changing The Wallpaper
12 February 2005 | by (NAS Ream Field) – See all my reviews

Absolutely wonderful French musical featuring twenty-year old Catherine Denevue singing every word of dialogue along with a cast of well-known (at the time) French actors. The production is opera as only the French knew how to do it. The tale is from old Europe -- love, betrayal, remorse but cast against the last years of France's Algerian crisis. The music, well it starts to sound like side 2 of a Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 record after awhile, nevertheless it does catch your attention and makes you focus on the story. A truly unique movie-going experience, "Umbrellas" is sure to entertain from its giddy start to its surprisingly poignant end. Find it!

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