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. When the boy is shipped off to fight in Algeria, the two lovers must grow up quickly. Exquisitely designed in a kaleidoscope of colours, 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. 4K restoration.
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“Unlike the classic Hollywood musical, Jacques Demy and Michel Legrand’s irresistibly charming, stylish, colourful, richly melodic and very French masterpiece refuses to follow any prescriptive blueprint. Instead, it sets its own playful and inventive rules, resulting in a perfectly realised, truly original and captivating one-off. What also sets it apart from the Hollywood model is that every single word — even the most mundane phrase — is sung, adding a heightened quality of romance and Technicolor sparkle to the grimy, urban setting. Central to the film’s charm and appeal however, is its scene-stealing, ice-cool star Catherine Deneuve in one of her earliest and most iconic roles.”
Screening as part of BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery, BFI Film Audience Network and ICO.