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Les Parapluies de Cherbourg- Singing in the snow

Les Parapluies de Cherbourg- Singing in the snow

16 Apr 2013 BY Tim Wells 1

Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, directed by Jacques Demy and starring Catherine Deneuve, is one of the world’s great romantic films, but not necessarily because of the storyline: a young mechanic and a beautiful young umbrella shop assistant, faced with separation, share one night of love before his departure off to the Algerian war. While he is away she marries another, and they never meet again until by chance, years later, she (with their daughter) drives into his petrol station.  It happens all the time. The real magic lies in the music: Les Parapluies is “a film in song”, according to its director; every line of its dialogue is sung to the music of composer Michel Legrand. Opera lovers are used to this; the film has been described as a “pop-opera” but this seriously undersells the beautiful score with its haunting main theme “I Will Wait for You”, one of Michel Legrand’s great romantic melodies. Les Parapluies  won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1964, the year of its release, and catapulted Catherine Deneuve into stardom. It has remained her favourite film, and it is extraordinary that her first international success came with a non-speaking part – and non-singing: her part was sung by Danielle Licari. The film was restored in colour and Dolby sound in 1992.

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1 comments

  • Madeleine

    11:52AM 13 Jun 2013 Reply

    It's probably not fashionable for someone young to like this film but it's wonderfully romantic and what a score!