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Children of Paradise (Criterion Collection) [Import]

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  • Actors: Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur, Pierre Renoir, Mara Casares
  • Directors: Marcel Carn
  • Writers: Jacques Prvert
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC, Import
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Release Date: Jan. 22 2002
  • Run Time: 190 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005T30I
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Poetic realism reaches sublime heights with Children of Paradise (Les enfants du paradis), the ineffably witty tale of a woman loved by four different men. Deftly entwining theater, literature, music, and design, director Marcel Carné and screenwriter Jacques Prévert resurrect the tumultuous world of 19th-century Paris, teeming with hucksters and aristocrats, thieves and courtesans, pimps and seers. The Criterion Collection is proud to present this milestone of cinema in a new high-definition film transfer made from the restored negative. Paris, 1828. Dans la foule présente sur le boulevard du Crime, le mime Baptiste Deburau, par son témoignage muet, sauve Garance d'une erreur judiciaire. Celle-ci, femme libre et audacieuse, en avance sur son temps, intimide Deburau qui n'ose pas lui déclarer franchement son amour. Nathalie, la fille du directeur, aime Baptiste. Garance entame une liaison avec un jeune acteur prometteur, Frédérick Lemaître, mais aime en secret Baptiste. Après que Baptiste les a invités à venir travailler au Théâtre des Funambules, Garance se trouve injustement accusée d'une tentative d'assassinat commise par son trouble ami Pierre François Lacenaire et se voit obligée d'accepter la protection du comte de Montray.

Quelques années plus tard, Baptiste, marié à Nathalie, obtient un grand succès sur les boulevards où il a fait de la pantomime un art reconnu et populaire. Frédérick a accédé lui aussi à la célébrité, et rêve de pouvoir monter Shakespeare. Garance, devenue depuis compagne du comte, est revenue à Paris et assiste incognito à toutes les représentations de Baptiste. Un jour alors qu'il se présente à la demeure du comte de Montray, Lacenaire en est chassé avec mépris. Il jure de se venger de cette humiliation, ce qu'il fait en découvrant aux yeux de tous Baptiste et Garance en train de s'embrasser – il tire le rideau qui cachait les amoureux isolés sur un balcon, opérant une fois de plus un effet de théâtre. Mais cette vengeance ne lui suffit pas : il assassine, quelques jours après, le comte de Montray. Après leur première et unique nuit d'amour, Garance, qui ne veut pas détruire le bonheur du petit garçon que Baptiste a eu avec Nathalie, s'en va, au désespoir de Baptiste.

A tragic French epic considered a classic romantic film, Children of Paradise takes as its setting a theater troupe in Paris during the 19th century, but was actually filmed during the last years of World War II. In the troupe, a mime (Jean-Louis Barrault) falls in love with an actress in the company, but must vie for her affections with others, including a thief, an actor, and an influential count. When the actress is accused of theft, the mime exonerates her with a bravura performance for the prefect. Eventually, though, the actress must flee Paris under protection of the count after being mixed up in a crime with the thief, leaving the smitten mime heartbroken. In the intervening years, both become involved with others, the actress with the count and the mime with the daughter of the theater owner, eventually having a child. Both couples are unhappy, and although the mime rises above the poverty-stricken neighborhood where he has honed his trade and becomes wildly successful, he still pines away for the love of his life. Eventually the two lovers are meant to meet again, but their storybook ending may yet elude them. The film boasts a picaresque squalor drawn from the time in which it was set, highlighting the tenacious romance at its core. Children of Paradise has a melancholy feeling both authentic and immediate, a romance with moments of pure magic. --Robert Lane --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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