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Children of Paradise [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1945]

Release Date:09/18/2012
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    Special Features

    • Audio commentary by film scholars Brian Stonehill and Charles Affron
    • Video introduction by director Terry Gilliam
    • Restoration demostration
    • U.S. trailer
    • Once upon a time: "Children of Paradise" a 2009 documentary on the making of the film
    • New visual essay on the design of Children of Paradise by film writer Paul Ryan
    • The birth of "Children of Paradise," a 1967 Rob Houver film documentary featuring interviews with director Marcel Carné; actors Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, and Pierre Brasseur; production designer Alexandre Trauner and others


    The Children of Paradise
    Even in 1945, Marcel Carné's Children of Paradise was regarded as an old-fashioned film. Set in the Parisian theatrical world of the 1840s, Jacques Prévert's screenplay concerns four men in love with the mysterious Garance (Arletty). Each loves Garance in his own fashion, but only the intentions of sensitive mime-actor Deburau (Jean-Louis Barrault) are entirely honorable; as a result, it is he who suffers most, hurdling one obstacle after another in pursuit of an evidently unattainable goal. In the stylized fashion of 19th-century French drama, many grand passions are spent during the film's totally absorbing 195 minutes. The film was produced under overwhelmingly difficult circumstances during the Nazi occupation of France, and many of the participants/creators were members of the Maquis, so the movie's existence itself is somewhat miraculous. Children of Paradise has gone on to become one of the great romantic classics of international cinema. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Arletty
      Arletty - Garance
    • Jean-Louis Barrault
      Jean-Louis Barrault - Baptiste Deburau
    • Pierre Brasseur
      Pierre Brasseur - Frederick Lemaitre
    • Marcel Herrand
      Marcel Herrand - Lacenaire
    • Albert Remy
      Albert Remy - Scarpia Barigni

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