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Children of Paradise (1945)
"Les enfants du paradis" (original title)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  15 November 1946 (USA)
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The theatrical life of a beautiful courtesan and the four men who love her.

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Pierre Renoir ...
María Casares ...
Nathalie (as Maria Casarès)
Gaston Modot ...
Fabien Loris ...
Marcel Pérès ...
Le directeur des Funambules
Palau ...
Le régisseur des Funambules (as Pierre Palau)
Etienne Decroux ...
Anselme Debureau (as Étienne Decroux)
Jane Marken ...
Mme Hermine (as Jeanne Marken)
Marcelle Monthil ...
Marie
Louis Florencie ...
Le gendarme des 'Adrets'
Habib Benglia ...
L'employé des bains turcs
Rognoni ...
Le directeur du Grand Théâtre
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This tale centers around the love between Baptiste, a theater mime, and Claire Reine, an actress and otherwise woman-about-town who calls herself Garance. Garance, in turn, is loved by three other men: Frederick, a pretentious actor; Lacenaire, a conniving thief; and Count Edouard of Montray. The story is further complicated by Nathalie, an actress who is in love with Baptiste. Garance and Baptiste meet when Garance is falsely accused of stealing a man's watch. Garance is forced to enter the protection of Count Edouard when she is innocently implicated in a crime committed by Lacenaire. In the intervening years of separation, both Garance and Baptiste become involved in loveless relationships with the Count and Nathalie, respectively. Baptiste is the father of a son. Returning to Paris, Garance finds that Baptiste has become a famous mime actor. Nathalie sends her child to foil their meeting, but Baptiste and Garance manage one night together. Lacenaire murders Edouard. In the last ... Written by kevin kraynak <kevin@kraynakk.com>

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The Horatti and Curatii are two families of ancient Latium. A war between two cities of Latium, Rome and Alba Longa, was to be decided by a combat between the three Horatii bothers (Rome) and the three Curatii brothers (Alba Longa). The Horatii won, but of the six combatants only one survived. A painting by Jacques Louis David portrays the Horatii before the battle. See more »

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The positions of Avril and Lacenaire in the Turkish baths changes between the shot of their entry and the closer shot. See more »

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Anselme Debureau: A kick in the ass, if well delivered, is a sure laugh. It's true. There's an entire order, a science, a style of kicks in the ass.
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A timeless masterpiece
23 September 2002 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

It is an epic. One of the best films ever made. The script and the dialogues show that the genius of Jacques Prévert wasn't made only for written poetry but for poetry in motion as well.Carné's camera is precise and makes one feel like a real witness of the plot. All in all a lesson of how to make a film yesterday, today and tomorrow.


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