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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Jacques Demy’s international breakthrough musical gives us Catherine Deneuve and wall-to-wall Michel Legrand pop-jazz — it’s a different animal than La La Land but they’re being compared anyway. The story of a romance without a happily-ever-after is doggedly naturalistic, despite visuals as bright and buoyant as an old MGM show.

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg


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1964 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 92 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Les parapluies de Cherbourg / Street Date April 11, 2017 / 39.95

Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon, Marc Michel, Ellen Farner, Mireille Perrey, Jean Champion.

Cinematography: Jean Rabier

Production design:Bernard Evein

Film Editors: Anne-Marie Cotret, Monique Teisseire

Original Music: Michel Legrand

Produced by Mag Bodard

Written and Directed by Jacques Demy

What with all the hubbub about last year’s Oscar favorite La La Land, I wonder if Hollywood will be trotting out more retro-nostalgia, ‘let’s put on a show’ musical fantasy fare.
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The Magic of Jacques Demy

Taking a look at the French director’s fascinating filmography.

One of the biggest films of 2016, La La Land, owes a thing or two to French director Jacques Demy. The bright, colorful musical visually mirrors Demy’s The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) and The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967), and director Damien Chazelle was able to capture something of the melancholic sweetness of Demy’s musicals. Demy is not one of the most famous French directors, however his films have a specific charm and intelligence that no other filmmaker could match. The way he blended Hollywood style with French culture was unlike any other filmmaker at the time.

Demy began his career in 1960s France, during the time of the “Nouvelle Vague” or French New Wave. This was the time of films such as Breathless, Jules and Jim, The 400 Blows, and Le Beau Serge. However, Demy lies a little bit outside of this group of filmmakers, and
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The Criterion Collection Announces April Titles: ‘Tampopo,’ ‘Rumble Fish,’ ‘Woman of the Year’ and More

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The Criterion Collection Announces April Titles: ‘Tampopo,’ ‘Rumble Fish,’ ‘Woman of the Year’ and More
Four new movies are coming to the Criterion Collection this April: Juzo Itami’s “Tampopo,” Francis Ford Coppola’s “Rumble Fish,” Wim Wenders’ “Buena Vista Social Club” and George Stevens’ “Woman of the Year.” In addition, two musicals directed by Jacques Demy already in the Collection are receiving new standalone editions: “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” and “The Young Girls of Rochefort.” More information below.

Read More: The Criterion Collection’s 2017 Lineup: What Movies Are Being Added This Year?


“The tale of an eccentric band of culinary ronin who guide the widow of a noodle shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe, this rapturous “ramen western” by Japanese director Juzo Itami is an entertaining, genre-bending adventure underpinned by a deft satire of the way social conventions distort the most natural of human urges, our appetites. Interspersing the efforts of Tampopo (Nobuko Miyamoto) and friends to make her café
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Hollywood Flashback: Before 'La La Land,' 'Umbrellas of Cherbourg' Had Tinseltown Singing

Hollywood Flashback: Before 'La La Land,' 'Umbrellas of Cherbourg' Had Tinseltown Singing
The Hollywood Reporter went unusually poetic when reviewing The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, saying the film was "as fresh as spring rain, as lyrical as a budding tree." But Cannes' 1964 Palme d'Or-winning musical had that effect on people.

Jacques Demy's romantic tragedy about a young girl (Catherine Deneuve, then 20) who falls in love with an equally young auto mechanic (Nino Castelnuovo) left audiences weeping, garnered four Oscar nominations and was said to be French President Charles de Gaulle's favorite film.

Part of the movie's allure is that every line of dialogue is sung recitative-style as in opera. Demy described...
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A Second Look at ‘La La Land’: Why It’s Not Just Good, But Great

A Second Look at ‘La La Land’: Why It’s Not Just Good, But Great
La La Land,” in theory, is a movie that needs no explanation. The simplest thing you could call it is “an old-fashioned musical” — which means, of course, that it’s a big colorful splashy cornball swoon of a movie, one that traffics in the kind of billboard emotions (Love! Sadness! Joy!) and timeless Hollywood forms (Singing! Dancing! A Lavish Freeway Production Number Done In One Unbroken Take!) that can hit audiences like a sweet shot to the heart. That’s the beauty of it, right?

Yet “La La Land” isn’t just old-fashioned. It’s the new-fangled version of a sprawling Tinseltown classic. It’s Old Hollywood meets Jacques Demy meets “New York, New York” meets postmodern indie backlot passion. It’s a grand Los Angeles epic that features “mainstream” sentiments, but it’s also a subtle and idiosyncratic journey that’s almost entirely unpredictable. (Half an hour before it ends,
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A Look Back at the Cannes Palme D’Or Winners from the 60s: ‘The Umbrellas of Cherbourg’

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Written and directed by Jacques Demy

France, 1964

Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Busby Berkeley, Vincente Minnelli, Arthur Freed: names synonymous with the movie musical. Missing from this standard list is a key contributor to the form, the French director Jacques Demy. Perhaps part of the reason for his widespread unfamiliarity, even to those who adore the genre, is that Demy only directed a handful of musicals in his entire career. It’s also likely that the musical is simply thought of as an American type of movie, and therefore, “foreign” practitioners don’t quite warrant similar attention. In either case, Demy did amplify the genre with at least two major works, one of them the recipient of the Palme d’Or at the 1964 Cannes Film Festival. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, which also received four Academy Award nominations (at least some American love there), is not just an exceptional musical,
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Essential Jacques Demy

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 22, 2014

Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $124.95

Studio: Criterion

French director Jacques Demy launched his glorious feature filmmaking career in the Sixties, a decade of astonishing invention in his national cinema. He stood out from the crowd of his fellow New Wavers, however, by filtering his self-conscious formalism through deeply emotional storytelling. Fate and coincidence, doomed love, and storybook romance surface throughout his films, many of which are further united by the intersecting lives of characters who either appear or are referenced across titles.

Six of Demy’s films are collected in The Essential Jacques Demy. Ranging from musical to melodrama to fantasia, all are triumphs of visual and sound design, camera work, and music, and they are galvanized by the great stars of French cinema at their centers, including Anouk Aimée (8 1/2), Catherine Deneuve (Belle de Jour), and Jeanne Moreau (Jules and Jim).

The six works here, made
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Watch: Celebrate 50 Years Of 'Umbrellas of Cherbourg' With 6-Minute Look At The Restoration, Clips & More

Fifty years ago today, the world fell in love with Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo in "The Umbreallas Of Cherbourg." One of the best musicals of all time, and one of Jacques Demy's finest films, the sweeping tale packs romance, war, drama and music — oh, the music — into an unforgettable 90 minutes that are very much treasured by fans today. So, to get you back into the mood, we've got some treats below, kicking off with a six-minute look at the film's restoration. It's a fascinating peek into the process to bring the vibrant film back to life — now available in a recently released Blu-ray anniversary edition abroad, though there doesn't seem to be a U.S. counterpart yet — with the legendary filmmaker and wife of Demy, Agnes Varda, among the participants. It's well worth a look. After that we have a handful of clips from the movie including the finale.
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The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg 50th Anniversary Blu-ray Review

Director: Jacques Demy,

Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon, Marc Michel, Ellen Farner, Mireille Perrey,

Running Time: 91 Minutes

Certificate: 15

Extras: Geoff Andrew on Umbrellas Of Cherbourg, Virginie Ledoyen on Umbrellas Of Cherbourg, Once Upton A Time… The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg, The World Of Jacques Demy, The Restoration of The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg, Stills Gallery, Trailer, Trailer (2013), Audio Interview with Catherine Deneuve,

In the extras for The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg, director Jacques Demy declares he wanted to make a film to make people cry. No doubt he will succeed at making many do so thanks to this decadent and turbulent story of first love set over 7 years. Funnily enough though, Demy also decides to make it an incredibly bright and colourful affair in which every line of dialogue is sung rather than spoken.

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg is presented in this beautifully restored Blu-ray that
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Cinematic Shower Artwork Features Hollywood and International Classics

Shower curtains as film artwork: From Bette Davis and Joan Crawford to Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie (image: Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in ‘What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?’ shower curtain) Alt Film Guide mostly discusses film. This post, however, is about shower curtains. Now, don’t panic. Earlier today, December 20, 2013, the website Dangerous Minds posted a link to ebay listings of shower curtains designed by New York City-based artist Glen Hanson. Those aren’t your average colorful shower curtains; instead, they’re colorful cinematic (or TV-themed) shower curtains. Featured are Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Divine in John WatersPink Flamingos, and a ’60s version of Cher (who did star opposite Sonny Bono in William Friedkin’s 1967 flick Good Times). The Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? shower curtain has already been sold, but Hanson
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Top 10 musicals

Musicals have been tap dancing their way into moviegoers' hearts since the invention of cinema sound itself. From Oliver! to Singin' in the Rain, here are the Guardian and Observer critics' picks of the 10 best

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10. Oliver!

Historically, the British musical has been intertwined with British music, drawing on music hall in the 1940s and the pop charts in the 50s – low-budget films of provincial interest and nothing to trouble the bosses at MGM. In the late 60s, however, the genre enjoyed a brief, high-profile heyday, and between Tommy Steele in Half a Sixpence (1967) and Richard Attenborough's star-studded Oh! What A Lovely War (1969) came the biggest of them all: Oliver! (1968), Carol Reed's adaptation of Lionel Bart's 1960 stage hit and the recipient of six Academy awards.
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Day to Rejoice: Deneuve Is Today's TCM Star

Catherine Deneuve: Style, beauty, and talent on TCM tonight A day to rejoice on Turner Classic Movies: Catherine Deneuve, one of the few true Living Film Legends, is TCM’s "Summer Under the Stars" star today, August 12, 2013. Catherine Deneuve is not only one of the most beautiful film actresses ever, she’s also one of the very best. In fact, the more mature her looks, the more fascinating she has become. Though, admittedly, Deneuve has always been great to look at, and she has been a mesmerizing screen presence since at least the early ’80s. ‘The Umbrellas of Cherbourg’: One of the greatest movie musicals ever Right now, TCM is showing one of the greatest movie musicals ever made, Jacques Demy’s Palme d’Or winner The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964), in which a very blonde, very young, very pretty, and very dubbed Catherine Deneuve (singing voice by Danielle Licari
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DVD Review: Camille 2000

Camille 2000

Review by Pete of Mondo Squallido

Stars: Daniéle Gaubert, Nino Castelnuovo, Eleonora Rossi Drago, Roberto Biasco, Massimo Serato | Written by Michael DeForrest | Directed by Radley Metzger

Here in the UK another big moment in cult cinema history has fallen upon us. A trio of Radley Metzger’s highly influential and well loved erotic classics have finally been released in all their glory and packed full of features from Arrow Video on deluxe Blu-ray and DVD combo packages. The first film chronologically out of the three is Camille 2000 and that is the DVD I will look at first.

Camille 2000 is an adaptation of a French novel called The Lady Of The Camellias, written in 1848 by Alexandre Dumas. The film follows the tragic relationship between a stunningly beautiful, luxurious and premiscuous woman by the name of Marguerite (Gaubert) who meets a rich, handsome and charming man called Armand
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Tiff Cinematheque presents a Summer in France: ‘The Umbrellas of Cherbourg’; Singin’ French in the Rain

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Directed by Jacques Demy

Written by Jacques Demy

France, 1964

There’s a bloke from Germany that can run the 100-metre dash in 13.6 seconds. He can also run the 200-metre in 31.56 seconds. There’s another lad who can run the 400-metre in 69.56 seconds. He’s also German.

The main concern regarding the two aforementioned tidbits is not the fact that they share common citizenship. No, the point of interest is their running time in the three events.

Although a tad underwhelming at first glance, and a bit unimpressive when compared to Olympic and world records, further context would render their achievements much more admirable.

For you see, they sprinted backwards.

One might ask the inevitable question of ‘why’. Running backwards is a contrived act of difficulty, is largely a gimmick with no substantial improvement to the form, and is generally overlooked as both. But despite all that,
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Catherine Deneuve: Film Society of Lincoln Center Chaplin Award Recipient

Catherine Deneuve Catherine Deneuve, 68, will be the recipient of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's 39th Chaplin Award. The annual fundraising gala benefiting Lincoln Center programs will be held on Monday, April 2, at the Alice Tully Hall in New York. The evening will include films clips and a party. [Full list of Film Society of Lincoln Center (Fslc) Chaplin Award Honorees.] Catherine Deneuve's career spans more than five decades, from André Hunebelle's Les collégiennes / The Schoolgirls (1957), Jacques-Gérard Cornu's L'homme à femmes / Ladies Man (1960), and Michel Fermaud and Jacques Poitrenaud's Les Portes claquent / The Door Slams 1960) to her latest efforts: Christophe Honoré's Les Biens-aimés / The Beloved, shown at last year's Cannes Film Festival; Thierry Klifa's Les Yeux de sa mère / His Mother's Eyes; and Laurent Tirard's upcoming Astérix et Obélix: Au Service de Sa Majesté / Astérix et Obélix: On Her Majesty's Secret Service, as Cordelia, the Queen of England, opposite frequent co-star Gérard Depardieu and Edouard Baer.
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Edgar Wright Wrote a Script That Is “Kind of Like a Musical,” Similar to The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg

Edgar Wright likened Scott Pilgrim vs. the World to a musical, except where musicals break into song, Scott Pilgrim broke into fight. For a future project, Wright may turn pacifist and direct a straight-up musical. Wright recently hosted a screening series at the New Beverly in Los Angeles, where the theme was movies he had never seen. He explained the selection of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg like so: “I’ve written a script which is kind of like a musical. Slightly a departure for me in some ways, but when I’ve told people about the movie and the idea, most of them have said, 'You’ve got to see Umbrellas of Cherbourg.' So here we are.” Hit the jump for speculation on where this musical fits into Wright's upcoming slate. Thanks to The Movable Fest [via The Playlist] for the quote. The phrase "kind of" raises the question whether this script is a musical,
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Edgar Wright Has a New Script That’s “Kind of Like a Musical”

Edgar Wright Has a New Script That’s “Kind of Like a Musical”
[1] Edgar Wright's been keeping very busy over the past couple of years, what with exec producing Attack the Block and Sightseers, programming for the New Beverly Cinema [2], writing The Adventures of Tintin, and whatnot. But none of those quite qualify as a follow-up to Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and we're still waiting to hear what his next big endeavor will be. The filmmaker has a few different prospects at this point, including the Ant-Man adaptation [3] for Marvel, the Simon Pegg/Nick Frost project The World's End [4], and the mysterious actioner Baby Driver [5] -- and now we might be able to add "unnamed musical that may or may not be like The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" to the mix as well. During a recent screening of Cherbourg for his The Wright Stuff program at The New Beverly, Wright revealed that he'd been working on a musical. It's not clear whether
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Blu Monday: June 28, 2011

Your Weekly Source for the Newest Releases to Blu-Ray Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Black Moon: The Criterion Collection (1975)

Directed by: Louis Malle

Starring: Cathryn Harrison, Therese Giehse Synopsis: Louis Malle meets Lewis Carroll in this bizarre and bewitching trip down the rabbit hole. After skirting the horrors of a mysterious war being waged in the countryside, beautiful young Lily (Cathryn Harrison) takes refuge in a remote farmhouse, where she becomes embroiled in the surreal domestic life of an extremely unconventional family. Evocatively shot by cinematographer Sven Nykvist, Black Moon is a Freudian tale of adolescent sexuality set in a post-apocalyptic world of shifting identities and talking animals. It is one of Malle’s most experimental films and a cinematic daydream like no other.

Camille 2000: Extended Version (1969)

Directed by: Radley Metzger

Starring: Daniel Gaubert, Nino Castelnuovo Synopsis: Marguerite, a beautiful woman of affairs, falls for the young and promising Armand,
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Cult Epics Announces Previously Unseen Version Of Camille 2000 On Blu-ray 6/14

Hot on the heels of their awesome release of The Lickerish Quartet, Cult Epics have announced some cool new details for their imminent release of another Radley Metzger classic, Camille 2000.Cult Epics have managed to secure a never before seen recut of the film by Metzger and will be releasing it for the first time in a high definition transfer on both Blu-ray and DVD. Camille 2000 (Extended Version) Directed by: Radley Metzger Stars: Daniele Gaubert, Nino Castelnuovo, Eleonora Rossi Drago A child of the sixties sexual revolution, beautiful, sensuous Marguerite (Daniel Gaubert) is addicted to sex and money. She is kept by a wealthy man, has a string of young lovers and hosts wild orgies in her luxurious villa. When she falls in love...
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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg: No 14

Jacques Demy, 1964

Against a sumptuous backdrop of jewel-coloured houses filled with candy-striped rooms, two of the most enchanting young leads ever captured on celluloid – Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo – fall passionately in love. From the off, Jacques Demy's 1964 masterpiece, in which every line is sung, impresses as a super-stylish paean to the MGM musicals, complete with a swinging score by Michel Legrand and bustling street scenes choreographed with the minute precision and contagious energy of Gene Kelly's finest work.

But if 50s America was the land of the happy ever after, Demy's film marks very different, distinctly European territory, as a call-up to the Algerian war for Castelnuovo leaves his newly pregnant lover bereft. Gradually the fairytale withers, and yet the music carries on. The film is transformed into something entirely unique – a musical as bright and beautiful as any you'll ever see, which swiftly becomes a sad
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