The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg ★★★★★


Third viewing (last seen 2004), no change. This has apparently become one of those movies that makes me weepy within seconds—Legrand's gently seismic "I Will Wait for You" theme plays a sizable role in that, of course, but it's also just the sheer formal beauty of Demy's sustained overhead shot, with umbrella colors and extras' timing + directional movement casually yet dazzlingly choreographed around opening credits that keep shifting position. (I'd maim for behind-the-scenes footage shot from an elevated position about 50 yards away.)

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