The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)

France/West Germany
Feature Film
Original Title: Les parapluies de Cherbourg
Writer/Director: Jacques Demy
Cinematographer: Jean Rabier
Composer: Michel Legrand
Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon, Marc Michel, Ellen Farner, Mireille Perrey

Demy’s majestically gaudily coloured musical, in which all of the dialogue is sung by its beautiful young cast – producing a portrait of a 16-year-old girl, who falls pregnant to her petrol-pumping boyfriend just as he is called up for two year’s national service – is a very entertaining and exceedingly poignant illustration of the elasticity of the human heart. Iain.Stott