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

 -  Drama | Romance  -  15 November 1946 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Baptiste Debureau
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Pierre Renoir ...
Jéricho
María Casares ...
Nathalie (as Maria Casarès)
Gaston Modot ...
Fil de Soie
Fabien Loris ...
Avril
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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Several of the characters are based on real people: Frédérick Lemaître (1800 - 1876), noted French actor and playwright; Jean-Gaspard Deburau, or Debureau (1796 - 1846), a Bohemian-French actor and mime, performing at the Théâtre des Funambules; Pierre François Lacenaire (1800 - 1836) a noted French poet and murderer, and inspiration for Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment; Victor Avril, a henchman of Lacenaire. 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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Frederick: I'm dying of silence, like others die of hunger and thirst.
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The greatest movie to ever grace the silver screen.
23 February 2003 | by (Spokane, WA) – See all my reviews

"Les Enfants du Paradis" is my favorite movie of all time, and if you don't agree with me, you must admit it's surely one of the most beautiful. The film is about one woman, Garance (Arletty), who is loved by many men in early Paris. It is definitely Marcel Carne's crowning achievement, and to think this movie was even made is a miracle. Sadly, this movie is unseen by many, and isn't even on IMDb's Top 250 list. It's really too bad that such a stunning film would be so underrated. Please take my word, overlook the running time, and check out "Children of Paradise." (****/****)


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