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Les parapluies de Cherbourg (1964)

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1964 was obviously a great year for musicals. But this is the one that nobody could have foreseen. A sung-through (opera) film about the unhappy love affair between a shop girl and a mechanic: who’d a thunk it?!  It was the brainchild of two extravagantly talented men:  writer/director and lyricist Jacques Demy and composer Michel Legrand, one of my all-time heroes (and still performing). They had already collaborated on Lola and Bay of Angels. The use of Technicolor, the touching performances (Catherine Deneuve’s made her an international star) and the extraordinary songs all combine to make one of the most moving and haunting films you will ever see. And the last scene, at an Esso station … oh! the magic of cinema. Magnificent.

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