I watched Jacques Demy’s “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” for the first time the other night. What an original and beautiful film. The colors were so vibrant and the music playful at times, haunting at others, stayed in my mind. The two main characters – Guy (Nino Castelnuovo) and Geneviève (Catherine Deneuve) – I felt were entirely believable as the young lovers at the center of the story. Only the most cynical could resist being infected by their romantic enthusiasm, and ease in each other’s company. I wouldn’t want to give too much away for those who have never seen the film, but suffice to say it’s wonderful. It’s not so much a musical as it is an opera in that all of the dialogue is sung. But it works on screen.