THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (PG)
In song and colour
Playing at The Theatre
Sun 22nd Mar
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.
Cast & Creative
Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon
Director: Jacques Demy