Umbrellas of Cherbourg’s final scene

Jacques Demy’s 1964 masterpiece is closest in form to a cinematic opera. Guy Foucher (Nino Castelnuovo), a 20-year-old French auto mechanic, has fallen in love with 17-year-old Geneviève Emery (a luminous Catherine Deneuve), an employee in her widowed mother’s chic but financially embattled umbrella shop. On the evening before Guy is to leave for a two-year tour of combat in Algeria, he and Geneviève make love. She becomes pregnant and must choose between waiting for Guy’s return or accepting an offer of marriage from a wealthy diamond merchant (Marc Michel). Composer Michel Legrand composed the score. (Adapted from Jason Ankeny, Rovi)

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