Children of Paradise
Directed by Marcel Carné. France. 1945. NR. 190 minutes. Janus. Digital.
Sun., April 9, 2017
“Considered by many to be one of the greatest films ever made, this intensely romantic melodrama wonderfully re-creates the teeming excitement of the early 1800s – both for the French theatre as well as Paris’ Boulevard du Crime. In a complicated series of events, the film follows the interlocking fates of four central characters: Frederick (Pierre Brausseur), a haughty actor who communicates through words; Baptiste (Jean-Louis Barrault), a sensitive pantomimist; Garance (Arletty) an elusive glamourous woman of easy virtue who stands between them and the fourth character, a murderous thief. Using the theatre as a metaphor for life, the Jacques Prévert-scripted story is a richly entertaining, immense masterpiece of postwar cinema.” (TLA Video Film Guide, 2003)