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The umbrellas of Cherbourg = les parapluies de Cherbourg
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Parapluies de Cherbourg (Motion picture)
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1 videodisc (92 min.) : DVD video, sound, color ; 4 3/4 in..
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Originally released as a motion picture in 1964.

Special features: One upon a time ... "The umbrellas fo Cherboug", a 2008 documentary; Interview from 2014 with film scholar Rodney Hill; French television interview from 1964 featuring director Jacques Demy and composer Michel Legrand discussing the film; Audio recordings of interviews with actor Catherine Deneuve (1983) and Legrand (1991) at the National Film Theatre in London; Restoration demonstration; Trailer; Plus: an essay by critic Jim Ridley.
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Geneviève, a shop assistant, falls in love with Guy, a gas station mechanic. But a life with him will not be in her future. A tender, bittersweet love story, sung throughout in French.


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Jacques Demy's 1964 masterpiece is a pop-art opera, or, to borrow the director's own description, a film in song. This simple romantic tragedy begins in 1957. Guy Foucher (Nino Castelnuovo), a 20-year-old French auto mechanic, has fallen in love with 17-year-old Geneviève Emery (a luminous Catherine Deneuve), an employee in her widowed mother's chic but financially embattled umbrella shop. On the evening before Guy is to leave for a two-year tour of combat in Algeria, he and Geneviève make love. She becomes pregnant and must choose between waiting for Guy's return or accepting an offer of marriage from a wealthy diamond merchant (Marc Michel, reprising his role from Demy's masterful debut, Lola). A completely sung movie, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is closest in form to a cinematic opera. Composer Michel Legrand composed the score, modeling it around the patterns of everyday conversation. Umbrellas was re-released in 1997. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

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Library Journal Review

Atypical French New Wave filmmaker Jacques Demy (1931-90) preferred to embrace Hollywood conventions rather than subvert them, which he brilliantly does in these two musicals cited by Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle as inspiring his La La Land. Catherine -Deneuve stars in both-first as the shopgirl madly in love with a mechanic who goes off to war in the colorful, operetta-like Cherbourg, then as a ballet teacher looking for true love in a seaside town in the dance-filled Rochefort. Michel Legrand's music for each is memorably grand. © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.