The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Les Parapluies de Cherbourg
France, Germany 1964
Directed by Jacques Demy
Starring: Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo
The second film of Jacques Demy's romantic trilogy (the first one is "Lola", 1961, the third - " The Young Girls of Rochefort", 1967) is also one of the most famous musicals of all time, and the music author is noone else than Michel Legrand. The film is centered around Genevieve, a young woman working in a family-owned haberdashery store selling umbrellas. Her heart belongs to the car mechanic Gee, and he also loves her. But world political events interfere their love story, and Guy is drafted to serve in Algerian war. They part promising to love each other forever, but when Genevieve finds out she is expecting a baby and does not receive much waited news from her loved one, Genevieve accepts rich man's proposal. This movie made the starring actress Catherine Deneuve famous worldwide. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg featured at the Cannes Film Festival, where it received three awards, including the Golden Palm. It was also nominated for five Oscars (Best Foreign Film, Original Scenario, Original Soundtrack "I Wait for You" and two categories for music).