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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)

Les parapluies de Cherbourg (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 16 December 1964 (USA)
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Director:

Jacques Demy

Writer:

Jacques Demy (scenario and dialogue)
Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Deneuve ... Geneviève Emery
Nino Castelnuovo ... Guy Foucher
Anne Vernon ... Madame Emery
Marc Michel ... Roland Cassard
Ellen Farner Ellen Farner ... Madeleine
Mireille Perrey ... Tante Élise
Jean Champion Jean Champion ... Aubin (as J. Champion)
Pierre Caden Pierre Caden ... Bernard (as P. Caden)
Jean-Pierre Dorat Jean-Pierre Dorat ... Jean (as J.P. Dorat)
Bernard Fradet Bernard Fradet ... Gas Station Apprentice (as B. Fradet)
Michel Benoist Michel Benoist ... Umbrella Buyer (as M. Benoist)
Philippe Dumat Philippe Dumat ... Garage Customer in 1957 (as P. Dumat)
Dorothée Blanck Dorothée Blanck ... Girl in Cafe (as D. Blank)
Jane Carat Jane Carat ... Ginny (as J. Carat)
Harald Wolff Harald Wolff ... Monsieur Dubourg
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The lives of Geneviève Emery and Guy Foucher of Cherbourg, France are presented in four acts. Act 1 begins in November 1957, when 16-year-old Geneviève, who works in her widowed mother's umbrella shop called "Les parapluies de Cherbourg", and 20-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. Geneviève rarely ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | West Germany

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

16 December 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,425, 16 February 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$18,425, 16 February 2004
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Dolby SR (restored version) (1992)| Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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All the dialogue in the film is sung. See more »

Goofs

The young couple go to the theater to see the opera Carmen. The sound track that is used in this scene is not from Carmen, but is just some stock sound track that sounds vaguely operatic. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Histoire(s) du cinéma: Une histoire seule (1989) See more »

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It makes my heart ache just to think about it...
19 September 2003 | by thedavidovitchSee all my reviews

Some things are so wonderful you can't quite believe they exist. A technicolour heaven with a young Catherine Deneuve at her most beguiling and beautiful in a film that's entirely sung in the most exquisite way? Pinch me, I still can't get over the fact this film exists.

Everyone has a film they return to when they're feeling jaded, sick of Hollywood or simply because it's raining outside. I have two films I turn to at these times. One is Singin' in the Rain; the other is this little gem. Both transport me to a world of colour, joy and heartache, yet both stay just the right side of sentimental too.

Of course the plot is a little convoluted; of course the entirely sung script makes it a little jarring at first - but just sit back and let Les Parapluies do its magic. You won't regret it. I promise ;-)


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