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.

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4.7 out of 5
12 Ratings
12 Ratings

97% TOMATOMETER

Critics Consensus: Strong performances abound, and Carne's wit and grace are evident in this masterful (if long) French epic.

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Studio
The Criterion Collection
Genre
Drama
Released
Copyright
© 1945 Pathé. All rights reserved.

Languages

Primary
French (Stereo)

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