Six Movie Posters for “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes:

The French poster, by Chica, is a classic.

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (French)

Echoed, somewhat ineptly, in this Argentine design.

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Argentine)

The U.S. poster utilizes a couple sketch that appeared in a lot of international advertising for the movie. The American posters for arthouse releases tended to be pretty simplistic and limited as to color. See here.

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (USA)

The sketch turns up again in this British treatment. Clearly, the Brits thought it important to emphasize the all-singing nature of the movie.

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (UK)

There’s that sketch again, this time treated as a silhouette. The poster is from Finland.

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (FInland)

The Danish poster references the couple sketch, though the viewpoint is flipped and the treatment is naturalistic. It also adds a big, two-shot-style image of the film’s stars; it looks like one of those pastel portraits offered by street artists on summer afternoons.

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Danish)


  • Criterion recently issued a fab set of Jacques Demy’s most renowned movies. The included Blu-ray of “Umbrellas” is almost impossibly rich-looking. One can imagine Matisse looking at it in jealousy.
  • The good folks at Criterion have also offered a bunch of Demy films for streaming via their channel on Hulu Plus. And they’ve got the touching biopic based on his life, which was directed by his wife Agnes Varda. It’s called “Jacquot de Nantes.” As far as I know it’s never been available on DVD in the States.
  • If you get anything out of these poster comparisons I’ve been posting, you might want to check out this book by Sam Sarowitz.

About Fabrizio del Wrongo

Recovering liberal arts major. Unrepentant movie nut. Aspiring boozehound.
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1 Response to Six Movie Posters for “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg”

  1. Fenster says:

    Philistine alert: I saw (some of) this movie for the first time recently. Agreed on gorgeous colors. But I couldn’t finish it.


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