Monday 11th March – 7.30pm

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (U)

1964 France/Germany directed by Jacques demy, 87 minutes

Released in 1964, Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, was the film that brought Catherine Deneuve to a wider audience. More than that, this musical romance has a score by the late Michel Legrand in whose memory we screen this. A film saturated in colour, a story that is timeless, Parapluies is operatic in form – the dialogue is sung as recitative – and tells of the beautiful, young Geneviève (Deneuve) and her love affair with Guy (Nino Castelnuovo) which is interrupted when he is drafted to serve in Algeria (1957). Critic Anne Billson wrote: “one of the most romantic films ever made, but the psychological details are firmly rooted in reality… it’s lifted into another magical dimension by dazzling, colour coded production design… Legrand’s music, with its plaintive love theme, is exquisite.” A tonic, not to be missed. (In French with subtitles)

Film notes (paper copies available at the screening)

Tickets (£5 adults, £3 children) available on the door or in advance from the Buxton Opera House box office