>The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and a little else


After a sunny weekend, the sky is back to its grey wintering colours again. I should have enjoyed the blue sky and the warm 10 C more (10 C in february means “hot”), but instead, I was at home doing some ordering and enjoying cookies and a cup of tea while watching The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg in the original french title), and I guess that now I’m almost ready for seeing foreign languages films in the theaters. Whereas I’m still insecure when it comes to speaking/listening danish (Hvad siger du? Arghhhhh!)*, the reading has been quite ok, though the fact the film’s plot was nothing complex and the singing dialogues were quite simple helped. At the beggining I was a little bugged by the non-stopping singing and the obviousness of the entire film. A young couple in love, the girl’s widowed mother who owns an umbrella shop is going through financial issues and doesn’t see with good eyes her 17-year old daughter’s romance with the poor young man. The guy leaves to some war without knowing the girl got pregnant, he comes back years later and… Nevertheless, the beauty of the costumes and art direction made me follow each scene after the other, and overall, I liked the film.

Geneviève (a pre-Buñuel Catherine Deneuve) and her mom might be going through hard times, but they sure can display one different outfit after the other inside or outside their umbrella shop. Too bad I didn’t find so many pictures of the movie, as the early 1960s costumes are just so pretty with a slight innocent touch due to the pastel fabrics and how Deneuve wears them with ballet flats and a good girl hairdo. Which is quite remarkable is the phisical transformation the character goes through in the end. Deneuve, at the age of 21, was quite convincing as a teenager and afterwards, as a sophisticated mature woman. It’s true that she acquires elegance in natural gestures, but the costumes and make-up definitely helped through her characterization.

12 Comments to “>The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and a little else”

  1. >Romeika, que beleza que você já está conseguindo assistir aos filmes em legendas dinamarquesas. :-)Nunca ouvi falar do filme que você citou, mas parece ter uma história bem interessante. Pelas fotos, percebo que o visual do filme também é legal.E adorei as paredes recheadas de posteres de filmes. Eu ainda vou fazer isso um dia!

  2. >I remember how you came to obtain those movie posters without even having to click on your link! So I don't have to say Hvad siger du? to you!Jeg elske jeres blog.Gå i kødet på en gang, hen til en bageri. Afgøre mig den skjult, hvor hen til skabe en krise brød hos en sagte midt. Hehage.

  3. >Deneuve – pré Bunuel, gostei.

  4. >Kamila, não entendo cada palavrinha, mas estando por dentro do contexto ajuda. Quem sabe eu não consiga afiar o vocabulário até a estréia de "Lust, Caution". Ah, o filme é bom, mas a história é o clássico amor difícil, escolhas precipitadas e arrependimento. Não deixa de ser um melodrama, não que isso seja ruim. O visual do filme é um dos seus maiores méritos. Seraphine, I get the "Jeg elsker din blog" (Tak!), but the rest, I swear, not even John could decipher hehe Online translator, right?:-)Cassiano, bem novinha e com carinha de moça ingênua, a Deneuve.

  5. >Romeika, espero que esteja craque no dinamarquês, então, a tempo da estréia de "Lust, Caution".

  6. >oo i'm intrigued, i may just have to see that!

  7. >You always talk about all those awesome movies and I want to watch all of them :), just have no idea where to get them, because stores usually sell the most commercial ones.Your posters look good, I used to have a lot of them hanging from my walls when I was younger, now I haven't got any!, mainly because I've moved many times and they got damaged.♥

  8. >Kamila, o filme estréia dia 14/03, craque eu não sei, mas espero estar mais afiada. Chega de perder filmes como esse no cinema hehe;-)Aisha, I saw it on TV, it must be indeed hard to find it normally.

  9. >Pois é Romeika, e com o passar dos anos ficou ainda mais bonita, mas o ponto alto é mesmo no Bunuel A Bela da Tarde.

  10. >I just watched it for the first time a few days ago and it was captivating. I don't even like musicals that much, I was going to post on it but I didn't think I could do it justice so I'm glad you did!

  11. >Meg, my fav musicals are the ones made in Holywood, as musicals are a typical american cinema thing, but this was very nice as well, the end was just so sad… Thanks!;-)Nicole, ^^

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