A musical in which the story is told completely by song and dance but not in the strict operatic form. Like the film-opera, it tends to run towards cinematic adaptions of the stage classics, with films like Porgy And Bess and The Pirates Of Penzance adhering to a faithful representation of the original production. The most interesting twist on the subgenre was France's The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg, in which Jacques Demy decided to film an operetta of a simple boy-meets-girl story set in modern-day France. Both an homage to the operettas of his youth and a subversion of the musical genre (it comes complete with a bittersweet ending), it showed that there were possibilities for the operetta form in film other than preserving the classics. Unfortunately, Umbrellas was resigned to cult status and the operetta film remains for the most part unused.