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Poetic realism reached sublime heights with Children of Paradise (Les enfants du paradis), widely considered one of the greatest French films of all time. This nimble depiction of nineteenth-century Paris’s theatrical demimonde, filmed during World War II, follows a mysterious woman (The Pearls of the Crown’s Arletty) loved by four different men (all based on historical figures): an actor, a criminal, a count, and, most poignantly, a street mime (La ronde’s Jean-Louis Barrault, in a longing-suffused performance for the ages). With sensitivity and dramatic élan, director Marcel Carné (Port of Shadows) and screenwriter Jacques Prévert (Le jour se lève) resurrect a world teeming with hucksters and aristocrats, thieves and courtesans, pimps and seers. Thanks to a major new restoration, this iconic classic looks and sounds richer and more detailed than ever.
Great DVD s to own - Too slow an complicated for a teen audience.Published 3 days ago by Marylise Reilly
Wonderful movie... I had read about this performance from another book. Glad I bought the DVD.Published 1 month ago by Grace
Pretentious, wooden, waste of time. I have struggled to watch this all the way through several times. Piece of overrated junk.Published 1 month ago by William R Niedzwiecki
Wow!! There's so much interesting extra material that I came away feeling I have expert knowledge of the film. I simply love "Les Enfants du Paradis. Read morePublished 1 month ago by jacques
I see every Marvel super hero movie that comes along and I love them all. With that said, Children of Paradise on VHS was the best film I have ever seen. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Martin V Zimmerman
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Children of Paradise is a classic film that was released in the year of 1945 & directed by Marcel Carné. Read more