Children of Paradise (Les Enfants du Paradis) (1946)
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as Mme. Hermine
as Fil de Sole
as Baptiste Debureau
as Frederick Lemaitre
as Pierre-Francois Lacenaire
as Stage Doorman, `Funambules'
as Scarpia Barrigni
as Police Inspector
as Second Author
as Director, `Grand Theatre'
as Director, `Funambules'
as Edouard de Monteray
as First Author
as Debt Collector
as Anselme Debureau
as Arab Attendant
as Another Dandy
as Little Baptiste
as Ticket Seller
as Third Author
as Stage Doorman, `Grand Theatre'
as Second Pretty Girl
as First Pretty Girl
as Second Dandy
as Stage Manager, `Funambules'
Critic Reviews for Children of Paradise (Les Enfants du Paradis)
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.
Shot in 1943 during World War II, Children of Paradise overcame so many seemingly impossible obstacles that today the film seems enchanted.
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.
Before French cinema reinvented itself with jump cuts and cool bobs, Marcel Carné's 19th-century backstage drama was the epitome of good taste: a sumptuous spread of genteel sparring and epic heartache.
Marcel Carné's towering intimate epic of early 19th-century love and the lives of performers, often heralded as the greatest French film of all time.
Audience Reviews for Children of Paradise (Les Enfants du Paradis)
It's easy to see why Marcel Carné's "Children of Paradise" is considered by many to be an all-time great of the medium. It's a sprawling, lavish production that was made under extraordinary circumstances (during the Nazi occupation of Franch). But in the year 2011 (and in the humble opinion of this reviewer) the film does feel a tad dated from a narrative standpoint. That said, the film is effortlessly likeable and entertaining, and even at over three hours never drags or feels like a chore. Though it doesn't hold up in the same way that say... "Notorious" or "It's a Wonderful Life" does, it's still an outstanding achievement that should be considered mandatory viewing.
a miracle film made under nazi occupation. a tragic romantic epic of all the mad denizens of the boulevard du crime. wonderful
1945 French satire, if you like Moulin Rouge, or La Haine check this one out.
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