Wednesday, March 14, 2012

March is National Umbrella Month

We've all heard the old saw "April showers bring May flowers," so I was surprised to learn that March is actually National Umbrella Month. Seems some places generally get more rain in March than in April.

This national recognition got a few of us thinking about some of the movies on DVD the libray has that are umbrella related. Of course, the first one to come to mind is Singin' in the Rain. I'll never forget Gene Kelly's incredible dance scene in that movie. OK, I admit it, I also loved Glee's rendition.

You can't talk about umbrellas and movies without mentioning The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. This unusual French movie, starring Catherine Deneuve, was the 1964 Cannes Film Festival's Grand prize winner and it was nominated for five Academy Awards. The film's entire dialog is sung - not for everyone, but I liked it.

Howards End (also available in book, e-book, and audio book), another favorite of mine, has a pivotal scene involving the "theft" of an umbrella. Here's a peek.

Maybe someone will tell me about their favorite children's book about or related to umbrellas. I know of one very famous one. Can you guess what it is. Share these on our Facebook page if you'd like.

Want more about umbrellas? Here is a very brief, but interesting promo about National Umbrella Month, and see for the answer to the burning question, "What is the difference between an umbrella and a parasol?"

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