28 July 2012 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

How Les Enfants du Paradis, a French film about a theatre company, convinced the actress that a life on the stage – and in front of the cameras – was for her

I first saw Les Enfants du Paradis when I was about 16 and still at school. I was completely intoxicated by it. What I found so thrilling was the way it portrayed the world of the theatre. It made me realise that this was a place where art happened: it wasn't just a lot of nonsense. It was about the development of the soul: people spent their whole lives in the theatre and relished it and grew in it. I think that had a big effect on my decision to become an actress.

The film is set in the mid-19th century, but it was made in the early 1940s, while France was under German occupation, and what an extraordinary achievement »

- Killian Fox

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