Released in 1964, Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, was the film that brought Catherine Deneuve to a wider audience. More than that, this musical romance has a score by the late Michel Legrand in whose memory we screen this. A film saturated in colour, a story that is timeless, Parapluies is operatic in form - the dialogue is sung as recitative - and tells of the beautiful, young Geneviève (Deneuve) and her love affair with Guy (Nino Castelnuovo) which is interrupted when he is drafted to serve in Algeria (1957). Critic Anne Billson wrote: “one of the most romantic films ever made, but the psychological details are firmly rooted in reality... it’s lifted into another magical dimension by dazzling, colour coded production design... Legrand’s music, with its plaintive love theme, is exquisite.” A tonic, not to be missed.
This film is programmed by Buxton Film and features no trailers.
In French with English subtitles
Director: Jacques Demy