Quick-Thoughts: Jacques Demy’s The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)

Jacques Demy Marathon Part III of III • Screened at The Frida Cinema


Self-aware slice of fantasia harkening to the Gene Kelly Hollywood era but stuck by default in its era of French New Wave bleakness. Though, I didn’t take this as a strictly woeful tragedy — more of an acceptance of it and how true love doesn’t need to be “the life” when looking forward since it’s not the sole gateway to bliss — but I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t a plethora of intentional choices here to make the two lovers’ departure from fairytale idealism anything but an unreturned maneuver when considering the peers that influenced them. I know what you did now Damien Chazelle.

But, let’s be honest here fellas: more importantly than any of this…

The color, the color, THE COLOR!

Verdict: B

Jacques Demy Ranked

“The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” is now available to stream on The Criterion Channel.

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