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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, a review by Danae Cassandra

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les parapluies de Cherbourg)
Year of Release: 1964
Directed By: Jacques Demy
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon, Marc Michel, Ellen Farner
Genre: Romance, Drama, Musical

An angelically beautiful Catherine Deneuve was launched to stardom by this dazzling musical heart-tugger from Jacques Demy. She plays an umbrella-shop owner's delicate daughter, glowing with first love for a handsome garage mechanic, played by Nino Castelnuovo. When the boy is shipped off to fight in Algeria, the two lovers must grow up quickly. Exquisitely designed in a kaleidoscope of colors, and told entirely through the lilting songs of the great composer Michel Legrand, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is one of the most revered and unorthodox movie musicals of all time.

My Thoughts:
What is love?  Is it the first blush of romance, the passion of youth and energy of youth, when life is ahead of you and everything is enormous?  I'm sure you remember those days, when everything that went wrong was the end of the world, and your life was over.

Or is love something you build with people who stand by you?  Is it something you have to work for, something that only comes when the flush of youth has passed and one becomes an adult?  

My vote is for the latter, but you can work it out for yourself.

Bechdel Test: Pass
Mako Mori Test: Fail

Overall: 4.5/5

(From July Movie Marathon: Musicals (Yes... You read right!) on July 12th, 2016)

Member's Reviews

The Wrong Man, a review by Dragonfire

I finally saw this one after I found it on TCM.

This one is a bit different from other Hitchcock movies because it is based on a true story.  From what I read after seeing the movie, very few things were changed for the movie and Hitchcock even filmed at some of the actual locations.  I didn't know any of the details about the real case when I saw the movie, so I do think there was a decent amount of mystery to what was going on.  The pace is a little slower, which may bother some people.  I didn't mind the pace and I wasn't bored by the movie.  I really enjoyed it, though it isn't one of my favorite Hitchcock movies. 

The movie is entertaining, though some people will probably be disappointed since it isn't a typical Hitchcock movie.

I did post a review at Epinions.

The Wrong Man

(From Alfred Hitchcock Marathon on August 26th, 2011)

Member's TV Reviews

My PILOT Marathon, a review by Rich

Ghost Whisperer: The Complete First Season

Melinda Gordon just got married. During the wedding she sees something being drawn on the window and she knows it's a ghost. But for the first time, the ghost comes inside her house and that unsettles her. Despite being afraid, she tries to help him reunite with his family and pass along the message he needs her to say.

Melinda Gordon (Jennifer Love Hewitt) is a young newlywed with the unique gift to communicate with spirits of people who have died - a talent that was inherited from her grandmother.
The dead seek out Melinda's ability to help them relay significant messages and information to the living. Despite her fear, compassion compels her to help these earthbound spirits cross over by completing their unfinished business with the living.

A series that makes even a skeptic like myself think about the possibility of spirits etc. Tastefully written with a nice blend of reality and fantasy, this pilot was a good introduction to a popular series, with a solid and dependable cast. There are no real scary moments in the whole series, more focus is given to each story and the human side of it, and little is spent on any special effects.
As a criticism the series is rather slow paced, and there is a distinct lack of twists or subplots. But for easy viewing and general entertainment you can't go far wrong.

(From My PILOT Marathon on September 23rd, 2009)