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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.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    190 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
  • Director
    Marcel Carné
  • Screenwriter
    Jacques Prévert
  • Producer
    Raymond Borderie
  • Cast
    Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur
  • Cinematographer
    Roger Hubert
  • Editor
    Henri Rust, Madeleine Bonin
  • Production Design
    Alexandre Trauner