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Special Engagement December 25–30
(1964) dir Jacques Demy w/Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon, Marc Michel [91 min; DCP; in French with English subtitles]
Rain splashes on cobblestone streets, multi-colored parapluies pop up against pastel walls, and ardent lovers rendezvous, while music fills the air. Nothing like Demy’s musical fantasy had ever been seen before, as Bernard Evein’s production design and Demy’s own artistry transformed the actual streets of Cherbourg, on which lovers Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo meet, into the most ethereal of creations, while every line of dialogue, from mundane car mechanics’ jargon to the transcendence of the young lovers’ impassioned vows, is sung to Michel Legrand’s now-classic score. This jeu d’esprit of the French New Wave wedded the movement’s stylistic innovations to the worlds of Pagnol, Borzage and Minnelli; made 20-year-old Deneuve internationally famous; took the top prize and Best Actress award at Cannes; garnered five Oscar nominations; and, in its overwhelming romanticism, capped by a snow-blanketed Christmas climax at an Esso station, reduced packed houses around the world to bittersweet tears. – Notes from the Film Forum, NYC
“May be the most rhapsodic movie ever made… Rarely have the movies produced such a stirring, unabashedly sincere display of pure feeling, represented in color, movement, and song. Even the most cynical viewers may find themselves overwhelmed.” – Mike D’Angelo, Time Out New York
“A marvelous artifice full of bright colors, elegant camerawork, and beautiful people… The romance between these young lovers was not meant to be. But our romance with this incomparable film will last forever.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times
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