The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg)

(Part of our ‘French Language Cinema Season‘ at the Institut français d’Écosse.)

“The wonderful The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg has a slender story: a pregnant shop-girl Geneviève (Catherine Deneuve) is separated from her mechanic lover Guy, when the latter is drafted into military service during the Algerian war. But director Demy conjures up a work of sheer cinematic delight, transforming the dreary port of Cherbourg into a pastel-coloured fairytale world, in which every line of dialogue is sung to Michel Legrand’s memorable score.” (BBCi)

Winner: Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival. Grammy Award Nominee, Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture.

“A bold reinvention of the movie musical.” (Slant Magazine)

“This wonderful film directed by Jacques Demy pays tribute to the classic Hollywood musicals.” (

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is something rare nowadays: a film which gives the impression of having been made with joy.” (The Sunday Times)

“The most striking part is the extravagant score by Michel Legrand. The mind boggles as to how you compose for a film like this with a continuous flow of music. Legrand manages brilliantly.” (Eye For Film)

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