If you regularly follow my blog, you certainly noticed that I have already written several posts about the French film maker Jacques Demy.
As a matter of fact, any excuse is good for me to talk about him.
The reason is simple: I'm totally crazy about his cinema.
When the other day I read the news that the family Demy-Varda (through their distribution company Ciné-Tamaris) was launching a petition to find 25.000 € to restore Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, Demy's masterpiece, I immediately adhered to the initiative.
The movie has been originally shot in 1963 using a 35 mm negative film, that now needs to be transformed, through a very complicated, long and expensive process, into digital files able to be used to show the movie in nowadays cinemas.
The whole thing will cost much more than that, but Ciné-Tamaris already received the support from different contributors:
Festival de Cannes : 50 000€
LVMH : 25 000 €
Ville de Cherbourg : 10 000€
Région Basse-Normandie : 5 000€
for a total of 90 000 €
Now, it is necessary to find the remaining 25.000 € (in 39 days, so be quick!).
Depending on the amount you are giving, you'll receive some cinematographic "gifts" related to the movie to thank you for your help.
You can find all the details of the initiative on this site: http://www.kisskissbankbank.com/il-faut-sauver-les-parapluies-de-cherbourg
And on the film Facebook page:
If you don't know this movie, the only example of cinema en-chanté (the dialogues are sung, not told), I strongly suggest you to see it. The film won the Palme D'or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1964, and it is very easy to understand why.
This is a unique movie in the cinema history.
It is so part of my life that any time I pass near a gas station, I immediately start singing (in my head) the Garage Song. I can't help it. It is just there, and I know it will be there for ever.
If you love cinema, you love Les Parapluies de Cherbourg.
Please help them to live FOR EVER!