It’s another rainy day in the port town of Cherbourg, France and seen from above the only color against the city’s gray-and-dun cobblestones are the circular tops of umbrellas that pass by in a choreographed parade of pinks, blues, yellows and reds. The opening sequence of the famous 1964 film The Umbrellas of Cherbourg sets the tone for the rest of this colorful tale of innocence lost which stands as a tribute to the feminine mystique of the film’s heroine, Genevieve, played with awkward adolescent allure by 21 year old Catherine Deneuve. Director Jacques Demy artfully merges the film’s colorful set design with the clothing worn by his characters to create a visual feast for the eyes….il est magnifique!
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