The umbrellas of Cherbourg

The umbrellas of Cherbourg

DVD - 2017 | French
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iloveseaotters
May 26, 2019

I wanted to love "Umbrellas", but I was incredibly disappointed in this film. I rented it mainly because I had heard the music used in a skating routine and had also been told that the movie was wonderful. The music is beautiful, but that's about all this film has going for it. First thing you should know when watching this movie; there is NO spoken dialogue. It's ALL in song. You get used to it after a while, but it gives the movie a "cheesy" feel. Plus it's annoying! The storyline is predictable; boy and girl are in love; boy is drafted for two years and the girl says she'll wait for him. The scenery in "Umbrellas" didn't strike me as "beautiful and breathtaking" as everyone says. It just looks like cheap (and very bright) movie sets. This film would have been SO much better if it were a "normal" movie, with spoken words instead of the constant singing. Yes, it was filmed in 1964, but it LOOKS like it. I like movies with a more "timeless" appeal, even if it's apparent that they are from another era. If they had to have singing in this film, they should have made it a real musical, on the lines of "My Fair Lady". where there is both singing and speaking.

LPL_KevinC Jan 21, 2019

I didn't know I liked musicals until Umbrellas of Cherbourg turned me into a puddle. So beautifully melancholic.

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imagenel
Aug 09, 2018

Saw this classic a number of times and it's sunnier and less melancholic than Umbrellas of C.
Did anyone mention that this is the only film in which Gene Kelly sang every word in French?
Later on, Demy's widow Varda, in her bio, mention that Demy died of AIDS in his California period. For those who haven't seen any of Varda's films, check out The Gleaners & I, Cleo from 5 to 7 and Villages Visages, all available @ BPL.

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lukasevansherman
Jun 08, 2018

Bright, buoyant, bubbly French 60s musicals from director Jacques Demy. It's a sort of companion piece to his earlier film, "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg." Real life sisters Catherine Deneuve and Francoise Dorleac play sisters. Gene Kelley, Michel PIccoli, and that Shark dude from "West Side Story" co-star. Don't expect much of a plot, but do expect to be charmed. It's like drinking champagne while eating ice cream and cradling a puppy. Demy was married to another pioneering French director, Agnes Varda.

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TBrien
Sep 21, 2017

You gotta be in the mood for a jazz-driven French musical full of color, light on plot, heavy on dance and brimming with sentimentality. I smiled my way through ... my husband gave up after 30 minutes.

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MT60
Sep 14, 2017

I watched it out of curiosity because it is a famous movie, but was very skeptical and was ready to skip through it. I must admit that the intensely colorful visual style, the singing of every bit of dialogue, and the simple yet profound story captivated me. Having heard of Denueve but knowing very little about her, the audio interview with her in the extra material is enlightening. Her flawless English reveals a strong intellect.

ArapahoeAlison May 25, 2017

This classic musical from the 1960's directed by Jacques Demy won numerous Academy Awards and introduced American audiences to Catherine Deneuve. Last year's big hit La La Land drew heavily from this movie. Wonderful music by Michel Legrand.

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singidunum_25
Feb 26, 2017

According to some magazines, this French musical from 1967, influenced La la land Oscar nominated movie, favourite to win in many categories for 2017.

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akirakato
Jan 10, 2016

This is a French love story directed by Jacques Demy, originally issued as a motion picture in 1961.
Demy is best known for his original musical, Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, 1964).
Unlike the "Umbrellas of Cherbourg", this story has a kind of happy-ending.

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akirakato
Dec 07, 2014

This is a 1964 French musical film directed by Jacques Demy.
Its famous theme music was written by Michel Legrand.
The film dialogue is all sung as recitative, even the most casual conversation.
Jacques Demy has turned the basic drama of everyday life into a gripping opera full of bittersweet passion and unforgettablel charm, featuring a timeless performance from Catherine Deneuve.
I seldom cry while watching movies, but on this one my tears came out at the somewhat-happy-yet-melancholic-and-thought-provoking end.

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ppenpan
Oct 27, 2014

Wonderful opening shot . Interesting film and Jeanne Moreau played the part so well.

d2013 Jul 26, 2014

Light and fun to watch.

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Libraryman1_0
May 02, 2014

One of the most touching and beautiful movies Ive ever seen and all the dialog is in song. That made it even more enchanting. Movies like this are why I love the film medium.

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JeanieG
Sep 23, 2013

This was a fun old movie - a little silly but I enjoyed seeing the fashions and the singing in french. A very simple non-plot - just and excuse to sing and dance. It reminded me of Cather Deneuve in Umbrellas of Cherborg. Not for everyone but some will love it.

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rslade
Jul 19, 2013

I have to admit that, after hearing about it for years, I'm a little bemused as to why it's supposed to be famous. I suppose it was pretty avant garde for the time. Sweet, though.

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ms_mustard
Feb 24, 2013

every word of dialogue is sung - operatic recitative. scored by Michel Legrand, including memorable melodies later given English lyrics. beautiful color.


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