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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Geneviève Emery
... Guy Foucher
... Madame Emery
... Roland Cassard
Ellen Farner ... Madeleine
... 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
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Storyline

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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A Valentine for All the Young Lovers of the World See more »

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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Release Date:

16 December 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg  »

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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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1.66 : 1
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Favorite film of writer/director Damien Chazelle. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Madame Emery: Mr. Cassard came this evening. He was sorry he missed you. I'm sure he could give you some advice.
Geneviève Emery: I can do without his advice.
Madame Emery: You're wrong. For me, he is the kind of man...
Geneviève Emery: Don't bother me with his kind.
Madame Emery: You look terrible.
Geneviève Emery: Leave me alone, Mother.
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Pure romance with a beautiful score
22 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie in 1964 when I was 11 years old. It was my introduction to heartbreaking love and this movie probably influenced my love life or how I imagined love was supposed to be. My mother had to lead me from the theatre when it was over because I was blinded with tears. Many years passed until I was able to order the film in VHS and watch it again (about 3 years ago). I still love it. The vivid colors, Genevieve and Guy's beauty and youth, and the beautiful score by Michele LeGrande combine to transport you to a magical place. I loved the fact that every word was sung, but it was not like opera at all. After a few minutes it was as if every word is always sung and talking doesn't exist. Catherine Deneuve was so beautiful! I love this movie and highly recommend it.


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