Wednesday, October 24, 2012

019. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)

I stumbled upon this movie on accident and watched it having absolutely no idea what it was about. It's certainly a little gem, I am happy I took the time for it. It's performed as a modern day opera, every line is sung instead of spoken. Although there are themes in the music, it cannot really be broken up into 'songs' and they're talking about such mundane things most the time that the 'songs' would be boring as hell anyways. The plot was a little bit cliche and over the top, but it worked for the operatic style. The cheesiness seemed both artful and intentional, and even with a shallow plot they brought depth to the movie through stage direction, beautifully constructed color stories, and subtle parallels between the diverging story lines.

The main character, Geneviève, is styled beautifully the whole time. Her signature color is pink, and she looks like a little Barbie for most of the first half. As her character evolves, so does her look. Her bright, single-colored ensembles seem to capture perfectly her character's struggles and add depth to what might otherwise seem a 'simple' plot.

The singing takes a while to get used to, but it definitely grows on you. I watched it with English subtitles on youtube, so I'll link the video at the bottom. Has anyone else ever watched this before? What did you think?

 the movie:


  1. great post honey, i really love the photos :P


  2. Chanced upon your blog and enjoy reading it!

  3. OMG this is outta control incredible!! that blue/pink rose wall paper is so pretty, i'm dying!! thanks for the follow, i followed you back your blog is rockin!!

    xx eva

  4. If been meaning to watch this film for so many times 'cause this is kind of a classic. I absolutely looove Catherine Deneuve<3 Thank you for reminding me that this exists and for this cute post!
    xx Selina