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Les Parapluies de Cherbourg
 
 

Directed by Jacques Demy, France 1964
91 mins. French song with English sub-titles

WINNER : GRAND PRIX AT 1964 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

 
Summary:
 
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, Roland (Marc Michel), and begins to move on with her life. Throughout the film, all the characters' dialogue is conveyed through song.  Music by Michel Legrand.
 
What the Critics say:
 
"Jacques Demy elevates the basic drama of everyday life into a soaring opera full of bittersweet passion and playful charm, featuring a timeless performance from Catherine Deneuve."  (Rotten Tomatoes website)

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