The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg)
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg) (1964)

Jacques Demy's 1964 masterpiece is a pop-art opera, or, to borrow the director's own description, a film in song. This simple romantic tragedy begins in 1957. Guy Foucher (Nino Castelnuovo), a 20-year-old French auto mechanic, has… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: December 16, 1964
DVD Release Date: October 28, 1997
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: 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.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

It continues to charm and delight for the same reasons it did back in 1964.

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Seemingly banal and sentimental on the surface, [director Jacques] Demy has avoided these aspects by tasteful handling and the right balance in emotion, compassion and narrative.

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Phil Nobile Jr.

Demy's pragmatic, hopeful message is that our heartbreak and sadness are, like our joy, just things we take with us.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

It is a small picture, a boutique musical. But it's lovely.

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Ben Walters
Time Out

Umbrellas makes escapist play with the stuff of kitchen-sink social realism.

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

What's so overpoweringly beautiful about The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg is that it matches human-scaled feelings of regret with the color and intensity of the movies Demy loved as a boy.

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

As spun-sugar holiday treats go, "Umbrellas" is hard to resist.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Not only has he resurrected the quaint and artificial device of having the dialogue set to music and unrealistically sung, but he uses this operatic method to tell a story that is so banal... it wouldn't get beyond a reader in Hollywood.

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Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

It's so pink this film. If you want a selection of wallpapers to choose from, this film has just about every single one. I think it's lovely.

Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
I've tried to watch this thing over and over again through the years, based on its reputation, but once they would start singing my attention would wander… More
Stephen M
Although the highpoints of the film are those of the traditional musical, namely the stars communicating their joys and sorrows through song, what makes… More
Ken Stachnik
A full-on musical. Singing from start to finish, all 90 minutes. All scored, no talking, total commitment. The production design is also awesome enough to give… More
Hogans Hero
Vivid and exciting. Although it is truely a musical from start to finish, you will fall in love with the characters. The city is colorful and alive, and the… More
Michael S
The colors, the picaresque locales, the entirely sung dialogue, and the angel that is Catherine Deneuve! "The Umbrellas of Cherbourgh" is 90 minutes… More
Jennifer Xu
This is so cheesy, but it works! It's everything a saccharine musical should be - patent displays of show, incessantly sung dialogue, a sugary sweet… More

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