The impetus for the Lars Book Club was to create a home for creatives reading creative-related books.In all honesty, it was a selfish move to hold me accountable for reading more. Over the years we’ve read some awesome books, but I started to notice that I wasn’t so thrilled with the movies I was spending my time on. They’re generally dictated to me through Netflix rather than seeking out visually stimulating or thoughtfully made films.  So, we decided to try something new out this month Hope you like it!–Brittany

Umbrellas of Cherbourg

After such a great response to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, whose movie had just reached theaters, we decided to try something new this year, and add another cultural and artistic aspect to Lars Book Club: movies! Movies can move us, enchant us, remain unforgettable, or just plain beautiful. We’ll post questions and have artwork just like each month we read a book, but instead we’ll be discussing a film! What do you think? Are you willing to try it?

February often makes us think of love in the air, so we’re starting this new idea off with the 1964 French musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Writer and director Jacques Demy displayed a bold new type of musical film, one where every word of dialogue is sung, and the whole movie is full of vibrant, almost jarring color. But although the film may be fabulous candy for the eye, there are tough decisions made and harsh realities to face in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.

Follow along with us @larsbookclub as we chat about the movie this month!

Lars Book Club is led by Julie Richardson