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Les parapluies de Cherbourg
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Jacques Demy (scenario and dialogue)
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Release Date:
16 December 1964 (USA) See more »
A young woman separated from her lover by war faces a life-altering decision. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Just simply the most beautiful romantic film ever made See more (128 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Catherine Deneuve ... Geneviève Emery

Nino Castelnuovo ... Guy Foucher

Anne Vernon ... Madame Emery

Marc Michel ... Roland Cassard
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
Danielle Licari ... Geneviève Emery (singing voice) (as D. Licari)
José Bartel ... Guy Foucher (singing voice) (as J. Bartel)
Christiane Legrand ... Madame Emery (singing voice) (as C. Legrand)
Georges Blaness ... Roland Cassard (singing voice) (as G. Blanes)
Claudine Meunier ... Madeleine (singing voice) (as C. Meunier)
Claire Leclerc ... Tante Élise (singing voice) (as C. Leclerc)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patrick Bricard ... Waiter (uncredited)
Jacques Camelinat ... Garage Customer in 1959 (uncredited)
François Charet ... Mechanic in 1959 (uncredited)
Jean-Pierre Chizat ... Pierre - Mechanic (uncredited)

Jacques Demy ... Le client égaré / Le serveur (singing voice) (uncredited)
Bernard Garnier ... Mechanic in 1959 (uncredited)
Gisèle Grandpré ... Madame Germaine (uncredited)
Hervé Legrand ... François Foucher (uncredited)

Michel Legrand ... Jean (singing voice) (uncredited)
Myriam Michelson ... Girl in Cafe (uncredited)
Paul Pavel ... First Removal Man (uncredited)
Roger Perrinoz ... Cafe Owner (uncredited)
Rosalie Varda ... Françoise Cassard (uncredited)

Directed by
Jacques Demy 
Writing credits
Jacques Demy (scenario and dialogue)

Produced by
Mag Bodard .... producer
Gilbert de Goldschmidt .... producer (uncredited)
Pierre Lazareff .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Michel Legrand 
Cinematography by
Jean Rabier 
Film Editing by
Anne-Marie Cotret  (as A.M. Cotret)
Monique Teisseire  (as M. Teisseire)
Production Design by
Bernard Evein 
Costume Design by
Jacqueline Moreau  (as J. Moreau)
Makeup Department
Christine Fornelli .... makeup artist (as C. Fornelli)
Production Management
Charles Chieusse .... production manager
Philippe Dussart .... production manager
Maurice Urbain .... unit production manager (as M. Urbain)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
André Flédérick .... second assistant director (as A. Flederick)
Klaus Müller-Laue .... assistant director (as K. Muller-Laue)
Jean-Paul Savignac .... assistant director (as J.P. Savignac)
Art Department
Maurice Bourbotte .... upholsterer (uncredited)
Jean Didenot .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Joseph Gerhard .... props (uncredited)
Claude Pignot .... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
Sound Department
François Musy .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (1992 remastered version)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Paul Lemaître .... camera operator (as J.P. Lemaitre)
Leo Weisse .... still photographer (as L. Weisse)
Pierre Willemin .... camera operator (as P. Willemin)
Roger Delattre .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Bernard Largemain .... key grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Real .... dresses: Catherine Deneuve
Agnès Soulet .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Gisèle Chézeau .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Charles Chieusse .... location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Michel Legrand .... conductor
Francis Lemarque .... music publisher
Jacques Demy .... songs (uncredited)
Michel Legrand .... music publisher (uncredited)
Michel Legrand .... songs (uncredited)
Other crew
Annie Maurel .... script (as A. Maurel)
Rhona Kane .... publicist (uncredited)
Jeanne Marie Olivier .... production secretary (uncredited)
Peter Riethof .... english version (uncredited)
Agnès Varda .... coordinator: 2013 restored version (uncredited)
Paul Videlier .... accountant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Les parapluies de Cherbourg" - France (original title)
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91 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby SR (restored version) (1992) | Mono
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Finland:S | France:Tous publics | Germany:6 | Japan:G (2015) | Netherlands:AL (re-rating) (2008) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Sweden:Btl | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (re-rating) (1997) | USA:Unrated

Did You Know?

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 »
Miscellaneous: In act 1, the young couple go to the theater to see the opera Carmen. But the sound track that is used in this scene is definitely not from Carmen. It is just some stock sound track that sounds vaguely operatic.See more »
Aunt Élise:You seem very nervous.
Guy Foucher:I'm going out.
Aunt Élise:Alone?
Guy Foucher:None of your business.
Aunt Élise:It is.
Guy Foucher:With a girl.
Aunt Élise:Do you love her?
Guy Foucher:It could be.
Aunt Élise:Tell me the truth.
Guy Foucher:I love her.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in La demi-saison (2014)See more »


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54 out of 63 people found the following review useful.
Just simply the most beautiful romantic film ever made, 10 September 2005
Author: preppy-3 from United States

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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