umbrellas of cherbourg

An unmissable special screening of the 1964 French New Wave jazz musical classic Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) with an exclusive ‘live’ jazz performance will take place next Sunday 2 July at the Cine Lumiere in Kensington. The film will be preceded by a ‘live’ set by the highly acclaimed London-based contemporary jazz singer Brigitte Beraha alongside her regular duo partner, the pianist John Turville. Beraha will offer her own unique interpretation of the Michel Legrand soundtrack, which will feature jazz standards such as ‘I Will Wait for You’ and ‘Watch What Happens’. Those readers who have followed Beraha’s recording career to date might already know that she also sings in the French language, having spent her childhood in Monaco.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A chaired by the International Sight & Sound film magazine journalist Michael Brooke with Brigitte Beraha and Jazzwise writer and Jazz on Film Records Selwyn Harris on the panel.

A visually intoxicating cinematic masterpiece starring Catherine Deneuve (pictured), Demy’s popular musical opera featuring the legendary jazz pianist Michel Legrand’s memorable soundtrack won the 1964 Palme d’Or in Cannes and was nominated for an Oscar. The film also celebrates Michel Legrand‘s 85th birthday as he arrives for a special performance at the Sevenoaks Jazz Festival on 6 July. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg was one of the key inspirations behind the jazz-loving film director Damien Chazelle’s Oscar-winning La La Land, as featured in Jazzwise‘s Jazz on Film column in May 2017.

The event kicks off with live music at 4.20pm and is produced by Offbeat, a ‘Jazz on Film’ event’s organiser that previously run the recent screening events for Round Midnight and Lift to the Scaffold in conjunction with the Cine Lumiere.

– Mike Flynn

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