Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The (1965)

France
 
Enchanting from first frame to last, "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg," Jacques Demy's innovative musical celebrates the everyday life through song but without sentimentality. All the dialogue is delivered through music, composed by Michel Legrand, in a movie that's the equivalent of a poetic ode to the beauty of the mundane.
 
Structurally, the film is divided into three chapters, titled Departure, Absence, and Return. In the first reel, we meet the two young lovers, Genevieve (Catherine Deneuve, just before she became an international star) and Guy (Nino Castenuovo). She's working at her mother's umbrella store, and he's a gas station attendant. In the second part, Guy is drafted and Genevieve, realizing she's pregnant, marries another, older man, Roland (Marc Michel). Predictably, in the last segment, Guy returns home and the two lovers remeet.
 
Some of the movie's songs, such as "I'll Wait for You," went on to become popular hits, helping to embark Legrand on a successful Hollywood career. The movie was nominated for the 1964 foreign Oscars, but as it was released in 1965, it qualified for nominations in other categories.
 
Oscar Nominations: 5
 
Best Foreign-Language Film
Story and Screenplay (Original): Jacques Demy
Song: "I'll Wait for You," music by Michel Legrand; lyrics by Jacques Demy and Norman Gimbel
Music Score (Original): Michel Legrand and Jacques Demy
Scoring of Music: Michel Legrand
 
Oscar Awards: None
 
Oscar Context:
 
In 1965, the Best Foreign Language Film went to the Italian comedy, "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow," starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni. The winner of the Original Screenplay was Frederic Raphael for the British film "Darling," directed by John Schlesinger. Maurice Jarre won the Original Score for David Lean's "Doctor Zhivago," and Irwin Kostal the Adapted Score Oscar for "The Sound of Music," which also won Best Picture.   The Song Oscar went to Johnny Mandel and Paul Francis for "The Shadow of Your Smile," in Minnelli's melodrama, "The Sandpiper," starring Richard Burton and Liz Taylor.