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Children of Paradise (Criterion Collection) (1945)

Cast: Arletty, Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, more...
Director: Marcel Carné, Marcel Carné
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Studio: Criterion
Genre: Classics, Drama, Foreign, Romance, Costume Drama/Period Piece, Classic Romance, France, Classic Drama, Classic Drama, Criterion Collection
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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Children of Paradise (Criterion Collection) (Disc 1 of 2) (1945)
Poetic realism reached sublime heights with Children of Paradise, widely considered one of the greatest French films of all time. This nimble depiction of nineteenth-century Pariss theatrical demimonde, filmed during World War II, follows a mysterious woman (Arletty) loved by four different men (all based on historical figures): an actor, a criminal, a count, and, most poignantly, a mime (Jean-Louis Barrault, in a longing-suffused performance for the ages). With sensitivity and dramatic élan, director Marcel Carné and screenwriter Jacques Prévert resurrect a world teeming with hucksters and aristocrats, thieves and courtesans, pimps and seers. And thanks to a major new restoration, this iconic classic looks and sounds richer and more detailed than ever.

Special Features:
  • Commentary by film scholar Brian Stonehill
  • Video introduction by director Terry Gilliam
  • Restoration demonstration
  • Commentary by film scholar Charles Affron
  • Jacques Préverts film treatment
  • Production designs by Alexandre Trauner
  • Once Upon a Time: Children of Paradise, a 2009 documentary on the making of the film
  • The Birth of Children of Paradise, a 1967 Rob Houwer Film documentary featuring interviews with director Marcel Carné; actors Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, and Pierre Brasseur; production designer Alexandre Trauner; and others
  • U.S. theatrical trailer

Children of Paradise (Criterion Collection) (Disc 2 of 2) (1945)

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