Catherine Deneuve in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)

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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Jacques Demy | France | 1964 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 14 Feb 2024

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A perfect combination of setting (the chilly seaside town of Cherbourg), costume and hyper-real décor (designed by Bernard Evein), Demy’s perennial, bittersweet, all-singing love story tells of a young shop assistant (Catherine Deneuve) who, after her boyfriend is drafted to fight in the Algerian War and she discovers she is pregnant, marries another man (Marc Michel).

Jean Rabier’s sumptuous cinematography and Michel Legrand’s justly famous score intensify the characters’ emotional states, helping create the ultimate European tribute to the Hollywood musical. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1964 Cannes Film Festival.

Format: DCP
Language: French with English subtitles
Source: MK2
Runtime: 91 mins

Event duration

91 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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