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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (PG)

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is an enchanting story of young romance and a perfect combination of bold cinematic style and song.

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg continues to charm audiences today; featuring vivid colours and stunning cinematography, it’s said to be the inspiration behind the Oscar-winning modern classic La La Land.

Geneviève (Catherine Deneuve), a beautiful young Frenchwoman who works at a small-town boutique selling umbrellas, falls for dashing mechanic Guy (Nino Castelnuovo). Their brief romance is interrupted when Guy is drafted to serve in the Algerian War. Heartbroken, Geneviève marries an older businessman and begins to move on with her life.

The film dialogue is entirely sung as recitative, including casual conversation, and is sung-through, or through-composed like some operas and stage musicals.

  • DIRECTOR: Jacques Demy
  • CAST: Catherine Deneuve, Anne Vernon, Nino Castelnuovo, Marc Michel


Welcome to our Sound Season screenings. To accompany our summer of sound at the museum, we’ve curated a season of films that speak to the many roles of sound in cinema. Some feature sound as the subject, some have famous soundtracks, some have groundbreaking sound effects—all are a treat for your ears.

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