The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

January 10, 2024
A film for all the young lovers of the world.

Details About the Film

This film is part of the series Passport: Scenes From the French New Wave

Jacques Demy revived the operatic artform and introduced the world to French film star Catherine Denueve in his tour-de-force musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Geneviève (Catherine Denueve), the teenage daughter of a widowed umbrella shop owner, and Guy (Nino Castelnuovo), a handsome mechanic, fall in love in late 1950s France. When Guy is drafted to serve for two years in the Algerian War, he and Geneviève’s relationship is drastically cut short forcing them to make an irreversible decision. Told in three parts, Demy’s vision of young love is filled with a wondrous, candy-colored palette rendering each frame bittersweet.

Director(s): Jacques Demy
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon, Marc Michel
Year Released: 1964
Runtime: 93 minutes
Country: France, Germany
Language(s): French with English subtitles
Accessibility Options: ListenTech (Hearing Impaired / Personal Amplified Audio Receiver w/optional T-Coil loop)