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

Director:

Jacques Demy

Writer:

Jacques Demy (scenario and dialogue)
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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

16-year-old Genevieve and 20-year-old Guy are very much in love. Her kind mother, who runs an umbrella shop, won't hear of her marrying, particularly as Guy has yet to complete his compulsory military service. Genevieve is heartbroken when he leaves for his army service in colonial Algeria and is upset to have received only one letter from him in two months. Her mother's solution to this situation is kind diamond-merchant Roland Cassard, who has helped them in the past. Written by garykmcd

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FOR ALL THE YOUNG LOVERS OF THE WIDE, WIDE WORLD... See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Patrick Bricard (Waiter) and the composer Michel Legrand both died on January 26, 2019. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the film, set in 1957, there is a picture in Guy's locker at work of Marilyn Monroe wearing an orange boat-neck shirt. The photograph was taken by George Barris in 1962 during her last photo shoot. See more »

Quotes

Geneviève Emery: We'll sell umbrellas. No, not umbrellas. We'll sell the shop.
Guy Foucher: We'll buy a gas station.
Geneviève Emery: Why? What an idea!
Guy Foucher: All white, with an office. You'll see.
Geneviève Emery: You'll smell like gasoline all day. It'll be heaven!
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Connections

Referenced in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Le Garage, Dispute
Music by Michel Legrand
Lyrics by Jacques Demy
Performed by José Bartel, Jean Champion and Jacques Demy
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Changing The Wallpaper
12 February 2005 | by dragon-90See all my reviews

Absolutely wonderful French musical featuring twenty-year old Catherine Denevue singing every word of dialogue along with a cast of well-known (at the time) French actors. The production is opera as only the French knew how to do it. The tale is from old Europe -- love, betrayal, remorse but cast against the last years of France's Algerian crisis. The music, well it starts to sound like side 2 of a Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 record after awhile, nevertheless it does catch your attention and makes you focus on the story. A truly unique movie-going experience, "Umbrellas" is sure to entertain from its giddy start to its surprisingly poignant end. Find it!


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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:

$14,760, 15 February 2004

Gross USA:

$28,030

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$68,991
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (restored version) (1992)| Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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