THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG
$7 Member $12.50 Regular
Starring Catherine Deneuve
Dazzling New Restoration!
(1964) Rain splashes on cobblestone streets, multi-colored parapluies pop up against pastel walls, and ardent lovers rendezvous, while music fills the air. Nothing like Demy’s musical fantasy had ever been seen before, as Bernard Evein’s production design and Demy’s own artistry transformed the actual streets of Cherbourg, on which lovers Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo meet, into the most ethereal of creations, while every line of dialogue, from mundane car mechanics’ jargon to the transcendence of the young lovers’ impassioned vows, is sung to Michel Legrand’s now-classic score. This jeu d’esprit of the French New Wave wedded the movement’s stylistic innovations to the worlds of Pagnol, Borzage and Minnelli; made 20-year-old Deneuve internationally famous; took the top prize and Best Actress award at Cannes; garnered five Oscar nominations; and, in its overwhelming romanticism, capped by a snow-blanketed Christmas climax at an Esso station, reduced packed houses around the world to bittersweet tears. Approx. 91 min. DCP.
A JANUS FILMS RELEASE
Restored in 2013 with the support of the Festival de Cannes and LVMH
“ONE OF THE MOST ROMANTIC FILMS EVER MADE!”
–A.O. Scott, The New York Times
“INSANE WITH COLOR!” –New York magazine
“HAS AGED AS GRACEFULLY AS ITS IMPOSSIBLY BEAUTIFUL LEADING LADY!”
–Terrence Rafferty, The New Yorker
"SWEET, GENEROUS, UNSETTLING, AND ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL! A complete bliss-out, a brilliant example of what Demy’s contemporary Truffaut called ‘the joy of cinema.’ Demy displays extraordinary skill, crafting (along with cinematographer Jean Rabier) symphonies full of recurring visual motifs, swirls of movement and color that pause exquisitely to take notice of the bric-a-brac of the everyday. Legrand’s Oscar-nominated score is haunting in the best way: It leaves a sensation you can’t shake, and are not sure you want to."
– Brian Doan, Cinespect
"Demy's Umbrellas of Cherbourg stood as a bold reinvention of the movie musical in 1964… [and it] retains its direct appeal to the eyes, ears, and tear ducts after nearly 50 years."
– Bill Weber, Slant
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“May be the most rhapsodic movie ever made... Rarely have the movies produced such a stirring, unabashedly sincere display of pure feeling, represented in color, movement, and song. Even the most cynical viewers may find themselves overwhelmed.”
– Mike D’Angelo, Time Out New York
“The director once punned that his film was en-chanté – literally, ‘all sung,’ but also ‘magical.’ And he was right... Cherbourg is an opulent feast for the eyes and ears... a sui generis cinematic world of sumptuous colors, exquisite music, and ever-flowing tears.”
– Melissa Anderson
“A marvelous artifice full of bright colors, elegant camerawork, and beautiful people... The romance between these young lovers was not meant to be. But our romance with this incomparable film will last forever.”
– A.O. Scott, The New York Times