Thursday, 18 February 2016

Umbrellas of Cherbourg / Les Parapluies de Cherbourg

Dir: Jacques Demy
Music: Michel Legrand
Starring: Neno Castelnuovo, Catherine Deneueveueve

Yes, yes, yes! Narry B finally has another musical to add to his list of two "NB approved musicals."

There are so many reasons why Cherbourg works well: Legrand's excellent score, the fact that the plot and the lyrics are not overly-dramatic despite being serious, and, above all, the amazing wallpaper.

Great wallpaper
One of the key features of Cherbourg is that the lyrics are almost like a film script that is sung as a coincidence. So it comes across as some kind of bizarro world where everyone sings instead of talks. Which is a very different thing to singing little rhymes and then breaking into talking for no reason.

Beyond just the lovable artistry of this film, there is also a powerful message about love, life and umbrellas. Truly, this is a masterpiece of the genre.

Did I mention it has great wallpaper too?

Rating: Paraplui-tastic

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