The Umbrellas of Cherbourg The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Jacques Demy

 
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Criterion Blu-Ray)

11 Apr 2017

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

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  • France
  • 1964
  • 92 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • French
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  • Spine #716

The angelically beautiful Catherine Deneuve was launched to stardom by this dazzling 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 lilting songs by the great composer Michel Legrand, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is one of the most revered and unorthodox movie musicals of all time.

Cast

Geneviève EmeryCatherine Deneuve
Guy FoucherNino Castelnuovo
Madame EmeryAnne Vernon
Roland CassardMarc Michel
MadeleineEllen Farner
Aunt ÉliseMireille Perrey

Credits

DirectorJacques Demy
Written byJacques Demy
Original music byMichel Legrand
CinematographerJean Rabier
Production designerBernard Evein
Costume designerJacqueline Moreau
EditorsMonique Teisseire and Anne-Marie Cotret
ProducerMag Bodard

Disc Features

  • 2K digital restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • 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 Legrand (1991) at the National Film Theatre in London
  • Restoration demonstration
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Jim Ridley

Film Essays

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Jacques Demy and Nantes: The Roots of Enchantment

July 31, 2014

A friend and longtime scholar of Jacques Demy ruminates on the great director’s career, as well as the port hometown they shared—which would become a magical movie location. Read more »


Film Essays

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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg: A Finite Forever

By Jim Ridley July 23, 2014

Jacques Demy’s miraculous, melancholy musical is the rare film to use pastiche and artifice to go straight for the heart. Read more »

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Jacques Demy and Nantes: The Roots of Enchantment

July 31, 2014

A friend and longtime scholar of Jacques Demy ruminates on the great director’s career, as well as the port hometown they shared—which would become a magical movie location. Read more »


Film Essays

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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg: A Finite Forever

By Jim Ridley July 23, 2014

Jacques Demy’s miraculous, melancholy musical is the rare film to use pastiche and artifice to go straight for the heart. Read more »


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