"People only die of love in movies.” – Madame Emery, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg Heartbreaking and lovely, drenching drab realities in a multi-colored shower of visual design, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is both a wondrous fantasy and a sadly realistic love tragedy -- a sublime contradiction. Director Jacques Demy takes a prosaic story about the thwarted and unfortunate love between a car mechanic and a shopgirl, constructed out of everyday utterances and depressingly believable life-changing decisions, and then sets it all to song; he takes the real locations of provincial Cherbourg, and literally repaints them to be as saturated as the film’s costumes and props. It is an amazingly confident formal coup that works to powerful emotional effect. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is beautiful in more ways than can be counted: Michel Legrand’s justly famous music, Catherine Deneuve’s youthful angelic countenance, and a romance so poignant that, like all true love, it lingers long after its final luminous image. Join us on the Cinefamily backyard Spanish patio for drinks, snacks and dancing after the film, to celebrate the opening night of our February series "Vive L'Amour", featuring 7 French classics programmed around the theme of love! Dir. Jacques Demy, 1964, 35mm, 91 min.