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August 16, 2016

Episode 284: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)

Special Guests: Nino Castelnuovo, Anne E. Duggan
Guest Co-Host: Ken Stanley, Rob St. Mary

Jacques Demy's The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les parapluies de Cherbourg) tells the story of two young lovers, Geneviève (Catherine Deneuve) and Guy (Nino Castelnuovo), and their ill-fated romance in a wall-to-wall musical with a score by Michel Legrand.

Ken Stanley and Rob St. Mary join Mike to discuss the film as well as other films from Jacques Demy. Big thanks to Simone Oppi for helping with translations with Mr. Castelnuovo!

Errata: Mike speaks a bizarre mélange of Spanish and Italian. For example, the phrase for "of course" in Italian is "corso" not "por supuesto".

Listen / Download Now:

Buy The Umbrellas of Cherbourg on DVD
Buy The Essential Jacques Demy on Blu-Ray
Buy Queer Enchantments: Gender, Sexuality, and Class in the Fairy-Tale Cinema of Jacques Demy by Anne E. Duggan

"Watch What Happens" - Sergio Mendes
"Les Parapluies De Cherbourg" - Kenny Drew Trio
"I Will Wait for You" - Johnny Mathis
"Watch What Happens" - Johnny Mathis
"I Will Wait for You" - Friends of Dean Martinez



  1. The download available here is the Vertigo episode. Where is the Umbrellas of Cherbourg download?

  2. I've tried listening to this episode on multiple streaming platforms recently, including this site, but there seems to be a glitch. Somewhere around the 30-minute or 40-minute mark, advertisements begin to interrupt every 10-15 seconds, making it impossible to even hear a complete thought before another commercial cuts you off. Any chance this can be remedied? I would love to hear the rest of this episode.

    1. I'm replacing the episode audio file now. Hope that works.

    2. It worked! A wonderful episode. Thank you.