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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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A young woman separated from her lover by war faces a life-altering decision.

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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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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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Taglines:

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

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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Trivia

The umbrella shop still exists at 13 Rue De Port, Cherbourg and is marked with a plaque commemorating the film. See more »

Goofs

In the final scene, Genevieve drives off without paying for the tank of gasoline. See more »

Quotes

Madame Emery: Where were you?
Geneviève Emery: With Guy.
Madame Emery: What were you doing?
Geneviève Emery: Mother, he's leaving. He'll be away for two years. I can't live without him. I'll die.
Madame Emery: Stop crying. Look at me. People only die of love in movies.
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Beautifully sad; a must-see! (SPOILER)
12 September 2004 | by eustfamSee all my reviews

I heard so much about this film but missed seeing it in 1964 during its first release simply because it was never shown here. I finally got to see it 40 years after its debut and it remains as fresh and enchanting as I imagined it to be. The film is quite heartbreaking because Genevieve (Catherine Deneuve) did not persevere in her love for Guy. I can only imagine what pain Guy had to bear facing war in Algeria knowing his fiancée back home was pregnant with his child and he couldn't do anything about it. The blaze of colors in the movie was a contrast to the somber atmosphere of infidelity and lost love. I suppose they both had fairly good marriages but we can gleam that they did not reach the pinnacle of joy and had to settle for second best in the end. It sort of reminded me of Elia Kazan's "Splendor in the Grass"--Warren Beatty's character and Natalie Wood's character--they did not "live happily ever after"--they just settled for second best.

It is very clear that Genevieve continued to carry the memory of her lost love--otherwise she would not have made the detour to Cherbourg and meet Guy "accidentally"...It was such a heartbreaking scene--they meet each other after many many years and they have named their children with the same name--the name they planned to give their first-born as they made their future plans together before he leaves for his army stint. I wonder, would it still be as beautiful if it ended happily? In any case, it is one of the most unforgettable films I have ever seen. Try to get hold of the DVD copy for your collection. :-)


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