The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Foreign Affairs Month

Director: 
Jacques Demy
Year: 
1964
Rating: 
Not Rated
Run Time: 
91 mins
Cast: 
Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon

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.