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

Marcel Carne

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2-Disc Collection.     In French with English subtitles.


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: Jean Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur, Arletty, Marcel Herrand, Pierre Renoir, Maria Casares, Louis Salou
  • Format: Black & White, DVD, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Label: The Criterion Collection
  • Release Date: 01/22/2002
  • Run Time: 190 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 141

Special Features

  • Commentary by Film Scholar Brian Stonehill
  • Video Introduction by Director Terry Gilliam
  • Restoration Demonstration
  • Commentary by Film Scholar Charles Affron
  • Jacques Prevert's Film Treatment
  • Production Designs by Alexandre Trauner
  • Production Stills Gallery
  • Filmographies for Marcel Carne and Jacques Prevert
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