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THE UMBRELLAS OF
aka LES PARAPLUIES DE CHERBOURG
Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon, Marc Michel, Ellen Farner, Mireille Perrey, Jean Champion, Pierre Caden, Jean-Pierre Dorat, Bernard Fradet, Michel Benoist, Philippe Dumat, Dorothee Blank, Jane Carat, Harald Wolff, Patrick Bricard, Jacques Camelinat, François Charet, Jean-Paul Chizat, Bernard Garnier, Gisele Grandpre, Paul Pavel, Roger Perrinoz, Rosalie Varda
Director: Jacques Demy
Countries: France / West Germany
Language: French (English subtitles)
UK: 92 mins
UK Certificate: PG
UK Release Date: 16 September 2005 (Limited Release - London, NFT)
Taking place in Cherbourg, France at the time of the Algerian War, THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG stars a young Catherine Deneuve as 17-year-old Genevieve Emery. Working as a shop assistant she lives with her widowed mother (Anne Vernon) who owns an umbrella shop. Unfortunately her mother disapproves of her boyfriend, Guy Foucher (Nino Castelnuovo), a car mechanic and feels she is too young too marry. Catherine falls pregnant by Guy but he has to go into the army and hearing little from him she marries Roland Cassard (Marc Michel), a wealthy jeweller who idolises her and it will give her baby a father.
Masterfully directed by Jacques Demy, the musical is brought to life by Michel Legrand's powerful score. Re-released on a new print.