Les Parapluies de Cherbourg
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Directed by Jacques Demy
Happy New Year's Eve everyone! I plan on partying hard tonight (i.e. eating lots of cake). Stay safe!
I have a slight problem with musicals that are sung from start to finish. There tends to be a lot of dead time and sometimes, especially when people are speaking very quickly to each other, it just sounds ridiculous. Les Miserables has the same problem but there are tons of large scale numbers, like I Dreamed a Dream, On My Own, or A Heart Full of Love, to break apart the monotony. However, this musical seems like it has no distinct songs and everything seems to be sung in the same melody.
Still, it is hard not to smile at this movie. The film is completely gorgeous, from the sets to the pretty Catherine Deneuve (her character claims she does not wear any make up which is such bull by the way). It is also ridiculously melodramatic, so it is difficult not to laugh and enjoy yourself.
Can we just take a moment to talk about what a stupid business idea an umbrella shop is? I mean, you would never get returning customers because how many umbrellas does one person really need? I have one that I rarely use because I lack the foresight to see if it is raining before I go outside. And even if I did buy one, I wouldn't go to a shop just for umbrellas. I have heard better business ideas from the Real Housewives.
Anyway, I have watched other Jacques Demy musicals and this one pales in comparison. However, it was still worth a watch.
References Lola, an earlier film of Jacques Demy.