I recently came across this production still from one of my favorite Jacques Demy films, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964). I’ve written about this film before but thought this still was especially pertinent for the current Cannes Film Festival.
A film print restoration of Umbrellas was just completed and will be screened in the Cannes Classics section this year. How I wish I could see this! TheUmbrellas of Cherbourg won the Palme d’Or nearly 50 years ago. Mathieu Demy, Jacques’ son, had this to say about his father’s film:
"It evokes my childhood with my family. It’s a film I’ve seen hundreds of times with my father. It brings back childhood memories, when Jacques would project his films while we were on holiday. As I have grown older, I have learned to see the film differently: it is an incredible film that is totally original."
You can read the rest of Mathieu’s interview here.