Parapluies de Cherbourg, Les (1964)

Every once in a while I like to watch something different—enrich my cinematic experience. I read a few things about the The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) and thought I would give it a chance.

I’m not a fan of musicals (still haven’t watched Chicago (2002) and don’t intend to) but enjoyed Singin’ In The Rain (1952). My rental copy of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg has been sitting downstairs for over a month so I thought it was time to expand my horizons.

The opening title sequence was interesting—great use of colour, interesting camera angles etc. Then the auto mechanics started singing and every single one of them just looked so happy. Too happy. And then they started to prance around.

I grabbed the remote and hit the DISPLAY. 10 minutes elapsed, 77 minutes to go. A few seconds later I hit the STOP button. I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t finish it. I tried. I don’t have to like French musicals or watch them to appreciate French film any more than I do.

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