Children of Paradise [1945] [Criterion] (BLU)

Marcel Carne

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Synopsis

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 street 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. Thanks to a major new restoration, this iconic classic looks and sounds richer and more detailed than ever.

Product Details

  • Starring: Pierre Brasseur, Arletty, Pierre Renoir, Maria Casares, Gaston Modot, Jean-Louis Barrault
  • Format: Black & White, Dolby, DVD, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Label: The Criterion Collection
  • Release Date: 09/18/2012
  • Run Time: 190 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 141

Special Features

  • Audio Commentaries By Film Scholars Brian Stonehill and Charles Affron
  • Video Introduction by Director Terry Gilliam
  • Restoration Demonstration
  • Once Upon A Time: Children Of Paradise a 2009 Documentary On The Making Of The Film
  • U.S. Trailer
  • New Visual Essay On The Design Of Children Of Paradise By Film Writer Paul Ryan
  • The Birth Of Children Of Paradise, a 1967 Rob Houwer Film Documentary Featuring Interviews With Director Marcel Carne, Actors Arletty, Jean-Louise Barrault, and Pierre Brasseur, Production Designer Alexandre Trauner; and Others
  • Booklet Featuring An Essay By Film Scholar Dudley Andrew and Excerpts From a 1990 Interview With Carne
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