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

Marcel Carne

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Synopsis

2-Disc Collection.     

 

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: French
  • Subtitles: 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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