THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG: An Appreciation, with Barry Sabath.
Barry Sabath is a veteran Hollywood development executive, with a Ph.D in film history and criticism, who has been teaching and mentoring at the American Film Institute Conservatory for 12 years, and now in his 8th year teaching the World Cinema course, required for all the graduating Fellows. Jacques Demy's THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (1964) has consistently been one of the most appreciated films in his class. Barry Sabath is honored to introduce the gloriously restored, not to be missed, masterpiece in such a fitting venue, provide production information and historical perspective, and, using DVD clips from Demy's debut feature LOLA (1961), show how THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG is just one part of the entire world of Jacques Demy that he created in his complete film oeuvre. Barry will answer questions from the audience about the film after the screening of the digitally restored print.
About th film: Geneviève , 17, lives with her widowed mother, who owns an umbrella shop in Cherbourg. She and Guy, a 20-year-old auto mechanic, are secretly in love and want to marry, but when she reveals this to her mother, her mother objects on the grounds that Geneviève is too young and Guy is not mature or well-established enough, particularly since he has not yet done his required military service. Shortly after this, Guy is drafted to serve in the war in Algeria. Before he leaves, he and Geneviève consummate their love for each other, which results in her becoming pregnant. While Guy is away they drift apart, and Geneviève must choose between waiting for Guy's return or accepting an offer of marriage from a wealthy diamond merchant.
THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG was the antithesis of the French New Wave, when it was released 50 years ago. Rather than subverting cinematic conventions like his peers Alain Resnais and Jean-Luc Godard, director Jacques Demy embraced them, and like the later works of Francois Truffaut, created a self-contained fantasy world, drawing from musicals, fairytales and the golden age of Hollywood. The beloved film has been beautifully remastered to commemorate it’s golden anniversary.