Les Parapluies de Cherbourg
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‘In the conception of a film, I need people to be my allies. With Michel Legrand, the bond is even stronger: he’s not a collaborator but a brother. Nor is he a composer but a fountain of music.’ With those words, Jacques Demy hailed his musical double, friend and partner in creation for thirty years and nine feature films. Their fraternal bond took on its full dimension in 1964 with The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, which, fifty years later, unfolded on the stage of the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, reactivated in a semi-staging by Vincent Vittoz.
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The description on the page STILL says there is an English sound track
There is not
When I tried to alert the powers that be that there was a mistake, I was offered 2 possibilities to confirm that what I was saying was a fact: Either the manufacturer confirmed it, or outside others confirmed it.
I was NOT offered the possibility of having seen and heard it for myself, so the change was not made
The music is lovely; the staging is almost as good as the film
If you don't mind the fact that there is no English soundtrack, by all means, enjoy
In this case, the story is brought up to the present and all dialog is treated as recitative (melodic speech), with a few songs, the most famous one being "If it takes forever, I will wait for you."
It is presented on the stage of the Chatelet, a Parisian theater.
The orchestra is behind the action, with the composer, Michel Legrand on the podium. The scenery is minimal, sketched on white foam board and walked into place by a hidden stagehand.
It is quite appropriate as the story moves quickly and he performers are experienced and able to quickly establish their characters and hold our attention. The story is tight and well told in vignettes that flow well.
I'm reviewing a very reasonably priced Blu-ray with good quality sound and video which I ordered from Europe several months ago. Amazon US holds back on new releases so they can give give out freebie copies to their crony reviewers, whose opinions I discount, given their motives. Since the audio is mainly captured by body mikes, there is less ambience, but that's normal for a Broadway show. The sound is well balanced.
Natalie Dessay and Laurent Naouri are mother and older gentleman; all the performers give top performances.
This is an entertaining and charming way to spend part of an evening. If you are into Blu-ray, it should be available soon - its already in Europe. You can find a trailer that gives the flavor at Presto. This is a musical theater piece, if you are expecting opera, you'll be disappointed - or pleasantly surprised.
If this review has been helpful, I'd appreciate a click on "yes".