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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

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! Summary: 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

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