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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

On May 18 artist Minna Gilligan will join Heide curator Sue Cramer for a discussion on how the pop-art cinematic musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg inspired the exhibition Dancing Umbrellas: An Exhibition of Movement and Light, before a rare screening of the 1964 French film at Cinema Nova in Carlton.

An angelically beautiful Catherine Deneuve was launched to stardom by this dazzling musical heart-tugger from Jacques Demy. She plays an umbrella-shop owner’s delicate daughter, glowing with first love for a handsome garage mechanic, played by Nino Castelnuovo. When the boy is shipped off to fight in Algeria, the two lovers must grow up quickly. Exquisitely designed in a kaleidoscope of colours, and told entirely through the lilting songs of the great composer Michel Legrand, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is one of the most revered and unorthodox movie musicals of all time.

Wednesday 18 May at 6.30pm, Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon Street, Carlton

Tickets $25 ($20 Concession/Member), Ticket includes cinema admission and admission to Dancing Umbrellas: An Exhibition of Movement and Light at Heide Museum of Modern Art.