The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Movie: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max and the Criterion Channel

The Pitch: In a seaside French town, two gorgeous young people declare their love for each other, but war rips them apart. Can their relationship withstand such a blow?

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is, quite simply, one of the most beautiful movies of all time. And considering how particularly bleak the news is right now, couldn’t we all use a burst of cinematic color? Read More »

La La Land Movie References

When the Academy Awards are presented on February 26 on ABC, we’ll see how many awards La La Land can take home out of the record-setting 14 nominations the film received earlier this week. If you haven’t seen the movie yet (it’s my favorite of 2016), it’s playing in theaters everywhere and you need to see it immediately.

After you see La La Land (go ahead, we’ll wait), you might want to check out a video put together by editor Sara Preciado, who took the time to create a side-by-side video with scenes from the 2016 musical compared to the classical musicals that director Damien Chazelle was trying to emulate.

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Edgar Wright‘s been keeping very busy over the past couple of years, what with exec producing Attack the Block and Sightseers, programming for the New Beverly Cinema, writing The Adventures of Tintin, and whatnot. But none of those quite qualify as a follow-up to Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and we’re still waiting to hear what his next big endeavor will be. The filmmaker has a few different prospects at this point, including the Ant-Man adaptation for Marvel, the Simon Pegg/Nick Frost project The World’s End, and the mysterious actioner Baby Driver and now we might be able to add “unnamed musical that may or may not be like The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” to the mix as well.

During a recent screening of Cherbourg for his The Wright Stuff program at The New Beverly, Wright revealed that he’d been working on a musical. It’s not clear whether this is a totally new film he’s talking about, or whether one of his previously announced projects involves singing and dancing. Either way, I am so totally in. More details after the jump.

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