Retro Varda/Demy


Jacques Demy
FRA 1963
91 min

Geneviève, 16, lives with her widow mother, who owns an umbrella shop in Cherbourg. She and Guy, an auto mechanic, are in love and want to marry. But her mother does not agree. She thinks Geneviève is too young and Guy is not wealthy enough. Guy leaves for two years in the army, and Geneviève is pregnant. She still loves Guy, although she has little news from him. Because the baby needs a father she marries Roland Cassard, a rich gem dealer, who fell in love with her at first sight and promised to bring up the child as his own... A movie whose dialogue is entirely sung.
While Jacques Demy's two earlier features, <![CDATA[<i>]]>Lola<![CDATA[</i>]]>(1961) and <![CDATA[<i>]]>Bay of Angels<![CDATA[</i>]]> (1963), had been acclaimed, <![CDATA[<i>]]>The Umbrellas of Cherbourg<![CDATA[</i>]]> achieved stratospheric commercial success throughout the world as well as critical rapture, receiving the Palme d'Or at Cannes, five Oscar nominations (including best foreign language film, original screenplay, and music), and a spate of international awards; even its soundtrack album became a huge bestseller.

  • Catherine Deneuve - Marguerite
  • Marc Michel - Roland
  • Nino Castelnuovo
  • Anne Vernon
  • Ellen Farner
  • Mireille Perrey
  • Harald Wolff
  • Rosalie Varda
  • Hervé Legrand
Mag Bodard, Gilbert de Goldschmidt
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