Fifth about The Seventh

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg)

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg: at the center of Jacques Demy’s romantic film is a simple story, but one that is nevertheless grounded, effective, and very touching. Essential as the story is, the film is elevated by its two main aesthetic choices: dialogues fully sang and the vivid colors present in the costume and set design. Bernard Evein’s production design is memorable, colorful, a great pleasure to look at and greatly complemented by the matching colors of Jacqueline Moreau’s costumes. All that is wonderfully captured by Jean Rabier’s elegant, dynamic camerawork. Michel Legrand’s jazzy score, present front-and-center from the film’s first frame to its last, is nicely sang by the (voice) cast and intoxicating, even as the story grows more and more somber. Catherine Deneuve is impossibly beautiful and alluring, and her acting is very convincing; Nino Castelnuovo is equally good and charming as her paramour.

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