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Children of Paradise

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Marcel Carné

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About the Movie

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 Paris’s 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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 37
  • Fresh: 36
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 9.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: On the basis alone of performance and of its bold, picturesque mise en scene, Les Enfants du Paradis is worth your custom. What you get otherwise is to boot. – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: To luxuriate in the film's 3-hour, 10-minute length is to experience this masterpiece as it hasn't been experienced since the day it opened. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, May 31, 2012

Fresh: If you give this movie time to work on you, the elements that seem overly artificial or impossibly distant from our own time fade into insignificance, and you're left with a complicated and wonderful romantic drama that's full of surprises. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Mar 8, 2012

Fresh: Marcel Carne's towering intimate epic of early 19th-century love and the lives of performers, often heralded as the greatest French film of all time. – Melissa Anderson, Village Voice, Mar 6, 2012

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Customer Reviews

One of the greatest films ever made



Check this out. You won't regret it. It's over 3 hrs so there IS some setting up to be made, but stick with it! Not a single moment is out of place. No fault in the acting. There really isn't anything wrong with this movie. My only advice is patience.

Children of Paradise
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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1945

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