Les Parapluies de Cherbourg
Les Parapluies de Cherbourg/The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (PG)
(In French with subtitles)
Tickets: £6.50 adult / £3 u18
One of the great film classics, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is a 1964 musical romantic film written and directed by Jacques Demy, with music and lyrics by Michel Legrand. Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo star as two young lovers based in the French city of Cherbourg.
Geneviève (Catherine Deneuve), a beautiful young Frenchwoman who works at a small-town boutique selling umbrellas, falls for dashing mechanic, Guy (Nino Castelnuovo). Their brief romance is interrupted when Guy is drafted to serve in the Algerian War.
Though pregnant by Guy, Geneviève marries an older businessman and begins to move on with her life. Five years later they meet again, only to discover that their lives have moved too far apart.
Unsually, the plot is advanced entirely through dialogue sung with accompanying music. The whole is united by a glorious orchestral score and, along the bright and vivid colour photography, had much to do with the popularity of this film.
The film score established Michel Legrand’s reputation in Hollywood and he went on to win three Oscars. Two of the film’s songs – “I Will Wait for You” and “Watch What Happens” – became major hits.
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg won the Palme d’Or at the 1964 Cannes Film Festival, and was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Foreign-Language Film and Best Original Score.
Screening ends at approximately 9pm