"The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" @ FIAF

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FIAF French Institute Alliance Française

22 E 60th St · New York, NY

How to find us

Enter at 59th Street, not 60th Street. We'll meet in the lobby before the movie starts. Beer and wine reception to follow.

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Synopsis: Geneviève (Catherine Deneuve), the beautiful teenage daughter of a single mother who owns a quaint umbrella shop in Cherbourg, and Guy (Nino Castelnuovo), a dashing auto mechanic, are in love, but the war in Algeria is threatening to tear them apart (I hate it when that happens). The night before Guy is drafted and shipped off to war possibly never to return, the two pledge their undying love, but life intervenes during their long separation and it's a hard pledge to live up to. Will true love triumph in the end? Have you never seen a French movie?

Jacques Demy's sweet, sad and very colorful minor-key musical is one of those movies that only a soulless automaton created in a lab could resist. Disarmingly simple, but in many ways very daring--the decision to have an entirely sung musical (no spoken dialogue) could never have been pulled off without Michel Legrand's magnificent score. Though the movie is often thought of as quintessentially French, Demy's adoration of Hollywood musicals informs every frame of it. Decades later, the influence has bounced back in the other direction, most clearly seen in "La La Land," whose director, Damien Chazelle, has named this as his favorite movie.

Screening as part of FIAF's "Summer of Michel Legrand," which is a dope idea for how to spend a summer (Legrand very lamentably passed away this January).