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Film Series : A Fine Romance

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Les Parapluies de Cherbourg

1964, Jacques Demy, France, 91 min.
With Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo

Show Times

  • Fri, Feb 14th 2:00pm
  • Sat, Feb 15th 2:00pm
  • Wed, Feb 19th 6:00pm

“Incomparable....Surely one of the most romantic films ever made.”—A.O. Scott, The New York Times

"A glorious romantic confection unlike any other in movie history."—Hal Hinson, Washington Post

Demy's unique experiment in all-singing, no-dancing narrative packs a devastating emotional punch beneath its charming surface. In the rainy coastal town of Cherbourg, the daughter (Deneuve) of an umbrella-shop owner falls in love with an auto mechanic (Castelnuovo), but the Algerian War intervenes. The colors may be candy and the dialogue sung, but, as Jonathan Rosenbaum noted in his four-star Reader review, Demy's feeling for the rhythms and rituals of everyday life rivals Ozu's. In French with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)

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