An angelically beautiful Catherine Deneuve was launched into stardom by this glorious musical heart-tugger from Jacques Demy. She plays an umbrella-shop owner’s delicate daughter, glowing with first love for a handsome garage mechanic, played by Nino Castelnuovo. When the boy is shipped off to fight in Algeria, the two lovers must grow up quickly. Exquisitely designed in a kaleidoscope of colors, and told entirely through the lilting songs of the great composer Michel Legrand, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
is one of the most revered and unorthodox movie musicals of all time.
- Once Upon a Time . . . “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” a 2008 documentary
- Interview from 2014 with film scholar Rodney Hill
- French television interview from 1964 featuring director Jacques Demy and composer Michel Legrand discussing the film
- Audio recordings of interviews with actor Catherine Deneuve (1983) and Michel Legrand (1991) at the National Film Theatre in London
- Restoration demonstration
- An essay by critic Jim Ridley