Les enfants du paradis / Children of Paradise (1945) DVD9 + DVD5 Criterion CollectionOne of the very few films that plunges you into a world of characters with the same feeling of richness that you experience from a 19th century novel. The beautiful courtesan Garance (Arletty) is loved by the mime Baptiste (Jean-Louis Barrault) and the brilliant actor Frederic (Pierre Brasseur), but she finds herself compromised by her association with the nihilistic criminal Lacenaire (Marcel Herrand), and giving herself to a wealthy nobleman whom she doesn't love is the only way out of her predicament. That's just the outline of the plot! The film is in two parts with an intermission; it beautifully evokes the bright world of Paris in the last century, and the acting is superb and touching and funny. But most of all, Children of Paradise is about the theater, those who act in it and write for it, and especially those who go to it, but can only afford to sit in the cheap seats, way up in the balcony.

DVD9 + DVD5 | NTSC 4:3 | 01:41:47 + 01:29:20 | 6.58 Gb + 4.36 Gb
Language: Francais, Russian
Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama, Romance

Director: Marcel Carne
Actors: Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur, Pierre Renoir, Maria Casares, Gaston Modot, Palau, Etienne Decroux, Jane Marken, Marcelle Monthil, Marcel Herrand
Country: France

Edition Details:
DISC ONE: Part I: "The Boulevard of Crime"
• Video introduction by director Terry Gilliam
• Commentary by film scholar Brian Stonehill
• Restoration demonstration
DISC TWO: Part II: "The Man in White"
• Commentary by film scholar Charles Affron
• Jacques Prevert's film treatment
• Production designs by Aleandre Trauner
• Production stills gallery
• Filmographies for Marcel Carne and Jacques Prevert
• U.S. theatrical trailer

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