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Umbrellas of Cherbourg (The)

France, French, 91 mins

Original Title

Les parapluies de Cherbourg
  • Director: Jacques Demy
  • Writer: Jacques Demy
  • Producer: Mag Bodard; Gilbert de Goldschmidt

CGiii Comment

Yes...it looks utterly fantastic. The epitome of cinema.
 
But...once they open their mouths...it all goes pear-shaped.
 
For those who don't know...the dialogue is sung...badly.
 
Sometimes that singing coincides with the music...more often, the jazz score is at odds with the singers...who deliver some of the most unremarkable lines ever written.
 
Demy - a closeted bisexual - had a definite understanding of and appreciation for Hollywood camp...unfortunately, the writing does no justice to the candy-coloured visuals.
 
Much-loved by many...inexplicably.

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The(ir) Blurb...

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

Cast & Characters

Catherine Deneuve as Genevieve Emery;
Nino Castelnuovo as Guy Foucher;
Anne Vernon as Madame Emery;
Marc Michel as Roland Cassard;
Ellen Farner as Madeleine;
Mireille Perrey as Tante Elise;
Jean Champion as Aubin;
Pierre Caden as Bernard;
Jean-Pierre Dorat as Jean;
Bernard Fradet as Gas Station Apprentice

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