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
I saw the movie 50 years ago when I was a teenager and it was quite impactful. I revisited the move just to see how I would view it today. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Horrible, is in Korean, do not waste your money if you do not speak koreanPublished 1 month ago by Jorge Gomez MD
It's a clear-eyed but mostly sentimental early 60s pop music opera (yes, before Tommy), beloved for Catherine Deneuve at 19 in her 1st role, for the revelation that France led the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by D Ray
Even at its release this was an unique movie. It brought back special memories for me. The music is absolutely fantastic. Catherine is so beautiful!Published 3 months ago by Raejean Kanter
This is a classic movie which I have seen countless times. The colorized version adds a new dimension of beauty.Published 3 months ago by Ken Smith
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