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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg


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  • Actors: Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon, Marc Michel, Ellen Farner
  • Directors: Jacques Demy
  • Writers: Jacques Demy
  • Producers: Gilbert de Goldschmidt, Mag Bodard, Pierre Lazareff
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, DVD-Video, Original recording remastered, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Paradox
  • Release Date: April 20 2004
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001BMLUA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,724 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 21 2005
Format: DVD
My 60yrs old mother watched when she was young, and she loved it. I watched when I was 17, of course I loved it. And I bought this DVD this year, when I am 35yrs old, and I still love it. You should buy it. You should have it!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 20 1998
Format: VHS Tape
This could be the most beautiful, unique, romantic movie ever made. Every bit of dialogue is sung (but there are no "musical" numbers), and it's filmed in VIVID pastels, beautifully restored in this print (the film was originally released in 1964, and was the Cannes Film Festival Grand Prize winner). In French, with English subtitles, Letterbox (1.66:1, so it looks fine even on a small TV). Young girl (Catherine Deneuve, radiant in her first film) who works for her mother in an umbrella shop, "Les Parapluies de Cherbourg" - hence the title - and young garage mechanic (Nino Castelnuovo) swear their undying love for one another, he goes off to war, she finds herself pregnant, and she must make some decisions which will forever affect the lives of at least four people. Underneath its beautiful and lighthearted look and feel is a very serious and moving story. The entire word-for-word/song-for-song soundtrack/dialogue is also available on 2 audio CDs - Les Parapluies de Cherbourg - Sony ISBN 7464626782. Directed by Jacques Demy, music by Michel Legrand. Several of the musical themes have entered into the cultural consciousness, and if you've never seen this movie before, when you watch it you may experience a pleasant sense of recognition, i.e., "So that's where that song came from!" You'll love it! END
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There is no other film like this one! Shot in the early 60s, it is still a favorite among film lovers. It's no wonder that it recently celebrated its 40th anniversary!
Catherine Deneuve plays a young girl who is faced with an important life decision in her tender youth that affects her life and the man she loves who must leave for military service. Nino Castelnuovo plays the young man who returns form war to the news of his love married to another man.
THE most beautiful film ever shot! Beautiful music that will staya with you forever!
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Those of you who haven't seen this French musical, where all of the dialogue is sung like an opera, the lead actresses' ensembles match the wallpaper, self-parody is laugh-out-loud funny, and the more muted, equally dramatic scenes can bring tears to your eyes, are missing out on a treat! Catherine Deneuve has never been lovelier. She was only twenty years old when she made this film, and she and Nino Castelnuovo, her romantic lead, are lovely together. Keep in mind that all of tha actors' singing voices were dubbed by professional singers. This story of young, star-crossed love, and life throwing rocks on the road to happiness, is classic. The musical score is catchy, and some of the songs might ring familiar in American audience's ears. A couple of the tunes were recorded in the U.S.A. in English and became Top 40 Hits.
IF IT TAKES FOREVER I WILL WAIT FOR YOU and WATCH WHAT WILL HAPPEN are the two that come to mind. Maybe there were others? I remember that WATCH WHAT WILL HAPPEN was recorded by Brazil 66, updated as a sexy samba. Don't miss out!
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Format: DVD
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is a fantastic film with a deceptively simple story, outrageous colors, and beautiful music (especially the tune "I Will Wait For You" played during the opening and ending). Fine performances from the cast as well, and all the dialogue is sung. As far as DVD transfers are concerned this looks better and as flawless as you can expect and DVD collectors shouldn't pass up the new Koch Lorber edition of this wonderful movie.
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There really isn't another film quite like THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG. For instance, every line of dialogue in the movie is sung, yet apart from the heartbreakingly beautiful "I Will Wait for You," there are no songs. So, is it a musical? In form it seems more like an operetta. Musically, the dialogue is loosely organized, though certain musical themes are repeated often, and it lightly sung, none of the performers coming across as highly trained professional singers. Overall, the music, despite the presence of only one song, is entrancing.
As fine as the music is, I actually found the film to be more riveting on a purely visual level. For instance, inn scene after scene, I found myself focusing on the art design rather than the music. Demy frames most of his shots against backgrounds of more or less solid and striking colors--green walls, blue-stripped wallpaper, unusually painted building. Demy also employs a host of subtle camera angles and techniques. The film is unquestionably as much for the eyes as for the ears.
Most members of the cast were unknown to me, except, of course, for the surreally beautiful Catherine Deneuve, who was nineteen during most of the production of the film. She exudes star quality throughout. But none of the performers fails at all in their roles, though none of the others was the budding star that she was. One thing that struck me about all of the characters was that while the tale told is essentially a tragic one--or at least a bittersweet one--there are really no bad guys. Marc Michel, for instance, who plays Deneuve's wealthy suitor Roland Cassard, is a thoroughly likable person, even admirable. She clearly doesn't love him, but in no conceivable sense is he a bad person.
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