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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg ()

Les parapluies de Cherbourg (original title)
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A young woman separated from her lover by war faces a life-altering decision.

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  • Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 2 nominations.
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Geneviève Emery
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Guy Foucher
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Madame Emery
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Roland Cassard
Ellen Farner ...
Madeleine
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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
Danielle Licari ...
Geneviève Emery (singingVoice) (as D. Licari)
José Bartel ...
Guy Foucher (singingVoice) (as J. Bartel)
Christiane Legrand ...
Madame Emery (singingVoice) (as C. Legrand)
Georges Blaness ...
Roland Cassard (singingVoice) (as G. Blanes)
Claudine Meunier ...
Madeleine (singingVoice) (as C. Meunier)
Claire Leclerc ...
Tante Élise (singingVoice) (as C. Leclerc)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patrick Bricard ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Jacques Camelinat ...
Garage Customer in 1959 (uncredited)
François Charet ...
Mechanic in 1959 (uncredited)
Jean-Pierre Chizat ...
Pierre - Mechanic (uncredited)
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Le client égaré / Le serveur (uncredited) (singingVoice)
Bernard Garnier ...
Mechanic in 1959 (uncredited)
Gisèle Grandpré ...
Madame Germaine (uncredited)
Hervé Legrand ...
François Foucher (uncredited)
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Jean (uncredited) (singingVoice)
Myriam Michelson ...
Girl in Cafe (uncredited)
Paul Pavel ...
First Removal Man (uncredited)
Roger Perrinoz ...
Cafe Owner (uncredited)
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Françoise Cassard (uncredited)

Directed by

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Jacques Demy

Written by

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Jacques Demy ... (scenario and dialogue)

Produced by

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Mag Bodard ... producer
Gilbert de Goldschmidt ... producer (uncredited)
Pierre Lazareff ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Michel Legrand

Cinematography by

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Jean Rabier

Film Editing by

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Anne-Marie Cotret ... (as A.M. Cotret)
Monique Teisseire ... (as M. Teisseire)

Editorial Department

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Gisèle Chézeau ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Production Design by

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Bernard Evein

Costume Design by

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Jacqueline Moreau ... (as J. Moreau)

Makeup Department

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Christine Fornelli ... makeup artist (as C. Fornelli)

Production Management

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Charles Chieusse ... production manager
Philippe Dussart ... production manager
Maurice Urbain ... unit production manager (as M. Urbain)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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André Flédérick ... second assistant director (as A. Flederick)
Klaus Müller-Laue ... assistant director (as K. Muller-Laue)
Jean-Paul Savignac ... assistant director (as J.P. Savignac)

Art Department

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Maurice Bourbotte ... upholsterer (uncredited)
Jean Didenot ... assistant art director (uncredited)
Joseph Gerhard ... props (uncredited)
Claude Pignot ... assistant set decorator (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Jean-Lionel Etcheverry ... restoration & mastering coordinator
François Musy ... stereo sound consultant: Dolby

Camera and Electrical Department

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Jean-Paul Lemaître ... camera operator (as J.P. Lemaitre)
Leo Weisse ... still photographer (as L. Weisse)
Pierre Willemin ... camera operator (as P. Willemin)
Roger Delattre ... chief electrician (uncredited)
Bernard Largemain ... key grip (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Real ... dresses: Catherine Deneuve
Agnès Soulet ... costumer (uncredited)

Location Management

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Charles Chieusse ... location manager (uncredited)

Music Department

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Michel Legrand ... conductor
Francis Lemarque ... music publisher
Jacques Demy ... songs (uncredited)
Michel Legrand ... music publisher (uncredited) / songs (uncredited)

Other crew

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Annie Maurel ... script (as A. Maurel)
Rhona Kane ... publicist (uncredited)
Jeanne Marie Olivier ... production secretary (uncredited)
Peter Riethof ... english version (uncredited)
Agnès Varda ... coordinator: 2013 restored version (uncredited)
Paul Videlier ... accountant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 hears from Guy. In order to solve their many problems, Geneviève's mother wants her to marry Roland Cassard, a refined, well-appointed diamond merchant who travels often for his work but is devoted to Geneviève whenever he is in Cherbourg. Geneviève still loves Guy but in her mind she's slowly losing him as a person. She must decide what to do about Roland, especially at accepting his proposal may become more difficult as time goes on. Act 3, told largely from Guy's perspective, begins in March 1959 upon his military discharge and return to Cherbourg. The war has changed him, and he must figure out the next phase of his life from his new perspective. Act 4 takes place on one snowy day in December 1963 and shows Geneviève and Guy in their current lives, based on what has happened in those previous three acts. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • Die Regenschirme von Cherbourg (West Germany)
  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (World-wide, English title)
  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (United States)
  • Die Regenschirme von Cherbourg (Germany)
  • Los paraguas de Cherburgo (Spain)
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  • 91 min
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Trivia In the beginning, a black car rolls into the garage where Guy works, and Guy is asked to assist with the car's problems. This car is actually Roland Cassard's and it can be seen two more times: when Roland visits the umbrella shop to give Ms. Emery the money for her pearl necklace, and again as the wedding car. The license plate is the same and can be seen in this latter scene and in the very first. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Jacquot de Nantes (1991). See more »
Quotes Geneviève Emery: Guy, I love you. You smell of gasoline.
Guy Foucher: It's just another perfume.
Geneviève Emery: Oh, Guy, I love you. A customer - I must run. I'll see you in front of the theater at eight.
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