The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg) is a visual masterpiece. Far from the stark monochrome jump cuts of Jean-Luc Godard, contemporary Jacques Demy‘s movie musical explodes with color. Color saturates every frame, and the constant lilting music of every spoken word helps create a fairytale realm that is at once fantastical and all too real.
It would be a mistake to treat the film lightly merely because it happens to be a musical. Starring Nino Castelnuovo and an ethereally beautiful Catherine Deneuve, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg explores love in all its tragic beauty.