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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg Details

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[[Performer~P87476~Jacques Demy~jacquesdemy]]'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 ([[Performer~P11713~Nino Castelnuovo~ninocastelnuovo]]), a 20-year-old French auto mechanic, has fallen in love with 17-year-old Geneviève Emery (a luminous [[Performer~P18574~Catherine Deneuve~catherinedeneuve]]), 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 ([[Performer~P48928~Marc Michel~marcmichel]], reprising his role from [[Performer~P87476~Demy~jacquesdemy]]'s masterful debut, [[Feature~V29843~Lola~lola]]). A completely sung movie, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is closest in form to a cinematic opera. Composer [[Performer~P99035~Michel Legrand~michellegrand]] composed the score, modeling it around the patterns of everyday conversation. Umbrellas was re-released in 1997. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

  • Release date:February 19, 1964

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Norman Gimbel Best Song 1965 Nominee
French Film Critics Circle Jacques Demy Prix Louis-Delluc 1963 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jacques Demy Best Foreign Language Film 1964 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jacques Demy Best Original Screenplay 1965 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jacques Demy Best Song 1965 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jacques Demy Best Adapted Score 1965 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michel Legrand Best Song 1965 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michel Legrand Best Adapted Score 1965 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michel Legrand Best Original Score 1965 Nominee

Cast

Catherine Deneuve
as Genevieve Emery
Nino Castelnuovo
as Guy
Mireille Perrey
as Aunt Elise
Rosalie Varda
as Francoise Cassard
Harald Wolff
as Dubourg
Jean Champion
as Aubin

Crew

Jacques Demy
Director
Mag Bodard
Producer
Jacques Demy
Screenwriter
Jean Rabier
Cinematographer
Michel Legrand
Composer (Music Score)
Michel Legrand
Musical Direction/Supervision
Anne-Marie Cotret
Editor
Jacqueline Moreau
Costume Designer
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