The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Les parapluies de Cherbourg, French-FRG musical, colour, 1964, by Jacques Demis, Language: French, Subtitles: Hungarian, 88'
Directed by Jacques Demis
Screenplay by Jacques Demis
Director of photography: Jean Rabier
Music by Michel Legrand
Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon, Marc Michel, Ellen Farner, Mireille Perrey
Production: Parc Film, Madeleine Films, Beta Film
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is a weepy, melancholic tale which, had it not been performed as it was, and had not every character sung his/her part in recitative form, one could even imagine that it was an arrangement of a bittersweet melodrama, a Danielle Steel novel. Geneviève and Guy live in the small town in Normandy, Geneviève runs an umbrella boutique with her mother, Guy lives with his sick aunt. Guy is drafted into the army, while the girl becomes pregnant on the night before he is conscripted; and although their love appears unquenchable and pure, it is their destiny never to be each other’s. This downbeat film brought the name of Catherine Deneuve to world attention, although we do not hear her own voice because she is dubbed throughout.