The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
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As fine as the music is, I actually found the film to be more riveting on a purely visual level. For instance, inn scene after scene, I found myself focusing on the art design rather than the music. Demy frames most of his shots against backgrounds of more or less solid and striking colors--green walls, blue-stripped wallpaper, unusually painted building. Demy also employs a host of subtle camera angles and techniques. The film is unquestionably as much for the eyes as for the ears.
Most members of the cast were unknown to me, except, of course, for the surreally beautiful Catherine Deneuve, who was nineteen during most of the production of the film. She exudes star quality throughout. But none of the performers fails at all in their roles, though none of the others was the budding star that she was. One thing that struck me about all of the characters was that while the tale told is essentially a tragic one--or at least a bittersweet one--there are really no bad guys. Marc Michel, for instance, who plays Deneuve's wealthy suitor Roland Cassard, is a thoroughly likable person, even admirable. She clearly doesn't love him, but in no conceivable sense is he a bad person.Read more ›
It is a beautiful story told simply and effectively by one of the French New Wave directors, Jacques Demy. As I understand it, he made a few more musicals starring Catherine Deneuve (The Young Girls of Rochefort, Donkeyskin), but this film was his most popular musical. For a long time, this film was considered "lost" due to deterioration of the film stock, its vivid colors reduced to pale shadows of its original glorious hues. However, thanks to recovery of an alternate negative that retained the original colors, the film was abled to be restored to its former brilliance. This restored version of the film is what is available currently on DVD.
Truthfully, it looks quite fantastic. The colors are briliant enough to rival the Hollywood Technicolor process, and the sound is clean. I am glad I bought this DVD, and it has quickly become one of my favorite musicals.
I only have a few problems with the DVD itself. First, subtitles are only in English.Read more ›
What I will comment on is the quality of the DVD transfer:
- Sound is not great, but it is much better than the supposedly superior French release
- Image quality is significantly worse than the French release
There is no satisfactory DVD version of this movie at present, but this one (Koch) is probably the best one around.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The word "Masterpiece" is thrown about often in the worlds of film and music but in this case this is the real thing. Read morePublished 7 days ago by johnf
Every shot in this extraordinary film is a Demy painting brought to life by natural acting that is carried beautifully by Legrand's compositions, which ingeniously blend classical,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dan7Pars
Charming. Wonderful use of colors. The singing dialog is a cute affectation that gets old quick. The plot is nothing special. Read morePublished 5 months ago by NoOneYouKnow
I'm not sure why this Blu Ray disc is promoted in America, when it's not even available in the country. Read morePublished 8 months ago by haridam
This film has always "spoken" to me in a special way. I enjoy the music, but more then that, I was involved in a similar situation. Read morePublished 10 months ago by The Foxster
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|This needs to be on Blu-ray.||
Would be a dream come true!
Dec 22, 2011 by Baron von Charizard | See all 2 posts
|The movie is somewhat misogynist||
I think that Genevieve and Guy didnt think of contraceptives, in fact I think it was their first time so they didn't have the contraceptives, that and it was a spur of the moment passion. The movie DOES show comfort and security, yet there is also the depth of a woman's chance to survive. Her... Read More
Jun 25, 2008 by A. Gift For You | See all 4 posts
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