Children Of Paradise – Criterion [Blu-ray] (1945) *NEW*

Children Of Paradise – Criterion [Blu-ray] (1945) *NEW*


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.

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In this expansive drama, the lovely and enigmatic Parisian actress Garance (Arletty) draws the attention of various men in her orbit, including the thoughtful mime Baptiste (Jean-Louis Barrault) and the ambitious actor Frédérick (Pierre Brasseur). Though Garance and Baptiste have an undeniable connection, their fortunes shift considerably, pushing them apart as well as bringing them back together, even as they pursue other relationships and lead separate lives.
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Children of Paradise
Directed by Marcel Carné
Produced by Raymond Borderie
Fred Orain
Written by Jacques Prévert
Starring Arletty
Jean-Louis Barrault
Pierre Brasseur
Marcel Herrand
Pierre Renoir
Music by Maurice Thiriet
Cinematography Roger Hubert
Edited by Henri Rust
Madeleine Bonin
Release date
  • 9 March 1945
Running time
190 minutes
Country France
Language French
Box office 4,768,505 admissions (France)

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Weight 0.6 lbs
Dimensions 5.3 × 0.5 × 6.75 in


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