Children of Paradise (Les Enfants du Paradis) Reviews

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April 17, 2020
'Children of Paradise' is a complete fresco from a time in the Gallic country, in which beat mixed feelings, eternal passions, and above all, the joy of those children in the title beat. [Full Review in Spanish]
January 24, 2020
If acting and directing awards were given but once in a century, Carne, Barrault and Brasseur would still be nominees.
October 30, 2019
Don't skip this one if you can. I saw it in Paris and it remains one of the most memorable pictures I've seen.
July 12, 2019
Prevert's script is simply a miracle... The photography is dramatic yet harmonious, the sound-track is subtle. Like the deacon's wonderful one-hoss shay, it is all of a piece and every piece of it is of the best workmanship.
January 29, 2019
A classic, a museum piece to the young, and to others inextricably linked with a particular time and atmosphere, barnacled with too many memories to be objectively assessed.
January 26, 2017
This tragic romance is about the love of art and theater as much as human love. Forget that it is three hours long; every moment bursts with love and passion...
June 29, 2016
Even to call "Les Enfants du Paradis" a mere masterpiece, seems a slight.
November 9, 2012
The movie isn't necessarily realistic-it's about the theater after all-but its unusually cynical center keeps it from becoming so much sentimental mush, while delivering the heartbreak that audiences so crave.
August 20, 2012
It's almost flawlessly filmed, though it at times lacks warmth.
July 15, 2012
Thanks to this glorious new restoration, "We'll always have THIS Paris."
May 31, 2012
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.
May 17, 2012
Shot in 1943 during World War II, Children of Paradise overcame so many seemingly impossible obstacles that today the film seems enchanted.
March 8, 2012
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.
March 6, 2012
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.
March 6, 2012
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.
March 5, 2012
Poetry with a capital "P," sprinkled with fairy dust.
November 13, 2011
Among the peaks of romantic cinema.
November 11, 2011
Even if the style is from another age, once seen it lives in the imagination for ever.
November 10, 2011
Even Truffaut conceded in the end: 'I have made 23 films, well, I would swap them all for the chance to have made Les enfants du paradis'.
November 8, 2011
The multi-layered screenplay, stunning sets and a terrific ensemble are just some of the enduring pleasures of a truly collaborative masterpiece.
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