the colonial theatre marquee

Children of Paradise

Directed by Marcel Carné. France. 1945. NR. 190 minutes. Janus. Digital.
Sun., April 9, 2017
April 9, 2017
2:00 pm

“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)