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PREVIOUSLY PLAYED

THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG & THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT

Monday, September 12

THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG
3:00   7:20

THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT
12:30   4:50   9:10

DOUBLE FEATURE: Two films for one admission. Tickets purchased entitle patrons to stay and see the following film at no additional charge.

THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG

Directed by Jacques Demy
Starring Catherine Deneuve

(1964) Rain splashes on cobblestone streets, multi-colored parapluies pop up against pastel walls, and ardent lovers rendezvous, while music fills the air. Nothing like Jacques Demy’s 1964 musical fantasy had ever been seen before – or has since – as Bernard Evein’s color-splashed production design and Demy’s own artistry transformed the actual rues de Cherbourg, on which Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo meet, into the most ethereal of creations; while every line of dialogue, from mundane car mechanics’ jargon to the transcendence of the young lovers’ impassioned “I Will Wait For You” vows, is sung to Michel Legrand’s now-classic score. This jeu d’esprit of the French New Wave wedded the movement’s stylistic innovations to the worlds of Marcel Pagnol, Frank Borzage, and Vincente Minnelli; and made Legrand, Demy and 20-year-old Deneuve internationally famous; took the top prize and Best Actress award at Cannes; garnered five Oscar nominations; and, in its overwhelming romanticism, capped by a snow-blanketed Christmas climax at an Esso station, reduced packed houses around the world to bittersweet tears. Palme D’or, Cannes Film Festival. DCP. Approx. 91 mins.
3:00, 7:20

“Elevates the quotidian to the spectacular…Umbrellas’ palette of sherbet-colored pastels remains undimmed.”
– Melissa Anderson, Village Voice

“A BOLD, ORIGINAL EXPERIMENT.”
– Roger Ebert

“Demy’s MASTERPIECE!”
– Mike D’Angelo, A.V. Club

“Retains its direct appeal to the eyes, ears, and tear ducts.”
– Slant

“[A] gently stylized and gorgeously photographed ‘film opera’…It is a small picture, a boutique musical. But it’s lovely…The scope of the picture may be finite, but it’s a big-screen experience to the core.”
– Chicago Tribune

THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT

Directed by Jacques Demy
Starring Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac

(1967) Real-life sisters Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac are music-teaching twin sisters whose dream is to blow Nantes and find love; dancers in the upcoming fair George Chakiris (West Side Story) and Grover Dale need new partners; their mother Danielle Darrieux mourns lost love Michel Piccoli, who has returned, and awaits colleague Gene Kelly; while poet/painter and about-to-be discharged sailor Jacques Perrin dreams of an ideal, whose portrait resembles Deneuve. Do they all meet? Some actual dialogue, but mainly non-stop singing and dancing through the sunny streets of the port. DCP. Approx. 124 mins.
12:30, 4:50, 9:10

“A euphoric swirl of sherbet colors, Jacques Demy’s Hollywood-musical homage elevates even the most mundane actions to the spectacular: Simply crossing the street occasions an ecstatic choreography of cartwheeling and front-flipping passersby.”
– Melissa Anderson, Village Voice

“DEMY’S SUBLIME MUSICAL MASTERPIECE! Michel Legrand’s splendid score is a key component, weaving seemingly incompatible musical styles—jazz, pop, classical—into an ethereal emotional through line.”
– Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York

“A luminous musical about dreams, romance and destiny which lovingly reworks the classic Hollywood ‘putting on a show’ template into an essay on the emotional rollercoaster ride that is movie-going.”
– David Jenkins, Time Out (London)