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Watch: Celebrate 50 Years Of 'Umbrellas of Cherbourg' With 6-Minute Look At The Restoration, Clips & More

by Kevin Jagernauth
February 19, 2014 12:08 PM
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Fifty years ago today, the world fell in love with Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo in "The Umbreallas Of Cherbourg." One of the best musicals of all time, and one of Jacques Demy's finest films, the sweeping tale packs romance, war, drama and music — oh, the music — into an unforgettable 90 minutes that are very much treasured by fans today.

So, to get you back into the mood, we've got some treats below, kicking off with a six-minute look at the film's restoration. It's a fascinating peek into the process to bring the vibrant film back to life — now available in a recently released Blu-ray anniversary edition abroad, though there doesn't seem to be a U.S. counterpart yet — with the legendary filmmaker and wife of Demy, Agnes Varda, among the participants. It's well worth a look. After that we have a handful of clips from the movie including the finale.

Check it all out below and be sure to catch up with movie in full if you haven't already.

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  • Jimbo | February 19, 2014 5:24 PMReply

    Quite simply one of the most wonderful films ever made.

  • A. Campbell | February 19, 2014 2:06 PMReply

    Criterion appears to be readying it for this year, fingers crossed...

  • James | February 19, 2014 5:31 PM

    Yep, they hinted it in their annual cartoon, which is filled with hints. In fact they seemed to hint at a Demy boxset. I'm holding off buying the French or +UK Blu-Ray for now, just like I did with the French and UK Blu-Rays of Tess. I'm sure we'll see the restored Umbrellas on BD here eventually, as with Tess, which took about a year to reach the US.

  • dembu-dembu | February 19, 2014 12:21 PMReply

    Main theme was pretty but they play it so many f-ing times over the course of the movie by the end of it you just want to mute the damn thing.

  • Hell no | February 19, 2014 12:53 PM

    Shut your dirty whore mouth.

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