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A.k.a.
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Year
1964
Runtime
91 min.
Director
Jacques Demy
Genres
Drama, Romance, Musical
Rating *
7.9
Votes *
18,775
Checks
5,459
Favs
593
Dislikes
72
Favs/checks
10.9% (1:9)
Favs/dislikes
8:1
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  1. Neville's avatar

    Neville

    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.
    8 years 11 months ago
  2. ClassicLady's avatar

    ClassicLady

    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! 7 years 5 months ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, the French musical now forever linked to La-La Land as inspiration, has some memorable melodies, even if it often avoids the easy rhyme, and its wall-to-wall singing can come off as silly in the more mundane moments (though they do wring some humor out of it, that poor mailman). What most people will pick up on is the look of the film, which is so vibrantly colorful and stylized that it's the proverbial feast for the eyes. More than that, the colors mean something. The four lovers in this unusually-structured romance are either in stark contrast - when they're love is free to manifest itself - or melt into the background - when something (doubt, others, circumstance) creates an obstacle - or else go to earthen brown - when the person isn't an object of affection - with transitions between them possible at crisis moments. The vivacious mother, for her part, is more ambivalent, surrounded by stripes that both match and contrast her colors. I think a whole essay could be written just on the use of color, which isn't to say I didn't like the music. As for the story, it moves from teenage naiveté towards a pragmatic, adult finale that's at once bittersweet, glorious and true to life. 3 years 6 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #21 in IMDb's Musical Top 50
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  2. This movie ranks #26 in Time Out's The 100 Best Romantic Films
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  3. This movie ranks #30 in Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
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  4. This movie ranks #40 in The Times's 100 Best French Films
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  5. This movie ranks #52 in Academy Award - Best International Feature Film Nominees
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  6. This movie ranks #53 in Time Out's The 100 Best French Films
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  7. This movie ranks #72 in BFI's 100 Film Musicals
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  8. This movie ranks #168 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
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  11. This movie ranks #310 in BFI's 360 Classic Feature Films Project
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  12. This movie ranks #417 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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  16. This movie ranks #934 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
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