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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)

  • Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon
  • Director: Jacques Demy
  • Genre(s): Drama, Musical, Romance
  • Language(s): French, English
  • Rating: G
  • Running Time: 92 min.

The Essentials: Musicals
This new quarterly series showcases the “essential” films everyone should see on the big screen. For each month-long program, we’ll screen five films organized by one of the following themes: directors, actors, genres, and eras/movements.

Essential tickets are $9 for Adults, $8 for Students/Seniors and Members get in Free!

A young woman separated from her lover by war faces a life-altering decision.

The angelically beautiful Catherine Deneuve was launched to stardom by this dazzling musical heart-tugger from Jacques Demy. She plays an umbrella-shop owner’s delicate daughter, glowing with first love for a handsome garage mechanic, played by Nino Castelnuovo. When the boy is shipped off to fight in Algeria, the two lovers must grow up quickly. Exquisitely designed in a kaleidoscope of colors, and told entirely through lilting songs by the great composer Michel Legrand, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is one of the most revered and unorthodox movie musicals of all time.

Series Lineup:
Aug 5 & 6: Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
Aug. 12 & 13: My Fair Lady (1964)
Aug. 19 & 20: The Umbrella of Cherbourg (1964)
Aug. 26 & 27: Cabaret (1972)
Sept. 2 & 3: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

"It continues to charm and delight for the same reasons it did back in 1964."
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"As spun-sugar holiday treats go, "Umbrellas" is hard to resist."
- Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
"The Umbrellas of Cherbourg has stood the test of time as beautifully as Deneuve and seems likely to enchant future generations as fully as it has audiences over the past four decades."
- Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"A choreography of the everyday timed to Demy's floating long takes and Michel Legrand's at turns jaunty and lachrymose score."
- Jessica Winter, Village Voice
"A glorious romantic confection unlike any other in movie history."
- Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"An operatic masterpiece of romanticism."
- Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"It's a glorious sight to behold -- though don't forget to listen as well."
- Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A surprisingly effective film, touching and knowing and, like Deneuve, ageless."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times