Les parapluies de Cherbourg (1964)
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Completely original and should have won the Oscar.
I remember as a teenager being deeply moved by it when it first came out; now many years later it again struck me as fresh.
It wears its formality lightly: even though every word is sung, the dialogue is close to natural, if slower than normal. Deep, rich, saturated (Eastman)color complements the depth of emotion. In the background is grand opera: Bizet's Carmen's tragic Romeo-and-Juliet theme in counterpoint.
The best french movie ever made.
Strange at first but when thought of as the most ingenious opera made, it takes on a whole life of its own. The words are more meaningful, the actions more deliberate and the romance more touching. Fabulous!
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This movie ranks #26 in TimeOut's 100 Best Romantic Movies
This movie ranks #29 in Musical
This movie ranks #30 in Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
This movie ranks #40 in Times' 100 Best French Films
This movie ranks #52 in Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film Nominees
This movie ranks #53 in TimeOut's 100 Best French Films
This movie ranks #72 in 100 Musicals (BFI Screen Guide)
This movie ranks #168 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
This movie ranks #172 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
This movie ranks #236 in 501 Must See Movies
This movie ranks #310 in The British Film Institute: 360 Classics
This movie ranks #421 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #651 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
This movie ranks #681 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #843 in The Criterion Collection
This movie ranks #967 in TimeOut's 1000 Films to Change Your Life