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Les enfants du paradis
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Children of Paradise (1945) More at IMDbPro »Les enfants du paradis (original title)

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Children of Paradise -- Poetic realism reaches sublime heights with Children of Paradise (Les enfants du paradis), the ineffably witty tale of a woman loved by four different men.

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Director:
Writer:
Jacques Prévert (scenario and dialogue)
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Release Date:
15 November 1946 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
This tale centers around the love between Baptiste, a theater mime, and Claire Reine, an actress and... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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The Paramount Best Movie Ever Produced as a 'Gesamtkunstwerk' See more (87 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Arletty ... Claire Reine, dite Garance

Jean-Louis Barrault ... Baptiste Debureau

Pierre Brasseur ... Frédérick Lemaître
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
Jacques Castelot ... Georges
Paul Frankeur ... L'inspecteur de police
Albert Rémy ... Scarpia Barrigni
Robert Dhéry ... Célestin
Auguste Bovério ... Le premier auteur de 'L'auberge des Adrets' (as Auguste Boverio)
Paul Demange ... Le deuxième auteur de 'L'auberge des Adrets'
Louis Salou ... Édouard comte de Montray - l'homme qui épousera Garance

Marcel Herrand ... Pierre-François Lacenaire
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeanne Dussol ... La femme à barbe
Lucienne Legrand ... La première jolie théâtreuse (as Lucienne Vigier)
Maurice Schutz ... L'encaisseur agressé par Lacenaire
Germain Aeros ... Petit rôle (uncredited)
Joe Alex ... Petit rôle (uncredited)
Nicolas Bataille ... Extra (uncredited)
Jean-Pierre Belmon ... Le petit Baptiste Debureau (uncredited)
Gérard Blain ... (uncredited)
Bill Bocket ... Petit rôle (uncredited)
Albert Broquin ... Petit rôle (uncredited)
Rivers Cadet ... Un bourgeois (uncredited)

Jean Carmet ... Un spectateur au paradis des Funambules (uncredited)
Maurice Cartier ... Petit rôle (uncredited)
Grégoire Chabas ... Petit rôle (uncredited)
Choisin ... Petit rôle (uncredited)
Henri de Livry ... Le client de l'écrivain public (uncredited)
Max Dejean ... Petit rôle (uncredited)
Jean Diéner ... Le troisième auteur de 'L'Auberge des Adrets' (uncredited)
Guy Favières ... Un encaisseur agressé par Lacenaire (uncredited)
Madhyanah Foy ... Petit rôle (uncredited)
Roger Gaillard ... Petit rôle (uncredited)
Jean Gold ... Le deuxième dandy (uncredited)
Gustave Hamilton ... Le concierge du Grand Théâtre (uncredited)
Josselin ... Petit rôle (uncredited)
Jean Lanier ... Iago - dans la représentation d' 'Othello' (uncredited)
Léon Larive ... Le concierge des Funambules (uncredited)
Lioté ... Petit rôle (uncredited)
Marcel Melrac ... Un gendarme (uncredited)
André Numès Fils ... L'homme qui se fait voler sa montre (uncredited)
Raphaël Patorni ... Un dandy (uncredited)
Cynette Quero ... La deuxième jolie théâtreuse (uncredited)
Pierre Réal ... Petit rôle (uncredited)
Paul Temps ... Petit rôle (uncredited)
Michel Vadet ... Petit rôle (uncredited)
Roger Vincent ... Petit rôle (uncredited)
Lucien Walter ... Le marchand de billets (uncredited)
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Directed by
Marcel Carné 
 
Writing credits
Jacques Prévert (scenario and dialogue)

Produced by
Raymond Borderie .... producer: Pathé Cinéma
Adrien Remaugé .... producer
 
Original Music by
Maurice Thiriet 
 
Cinematography by
Roger Hubert 
 
Film Editing by
Henri Rust  (as Henry Rust)
Madeleine Bonin (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Léon Barsacq  (as Leon Barsacq)
Raymond Gabutti 
Alexandre Trauner  (as Alex. Trauner)
 
Art Direction by
Léon Barsacq  (as Leon Barsacq)
Raymond Gabutti 
 
Costume Design by
Mayo 
 
Production Management
Fred Orain .... production manager
Louis Théron .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pierre Blondy .... artistic assistant director
Bruno Tireux .... technical assistant director
 
Art Department
Alexandre Trauner .... collaborator: sets (as Alex. Trauner)
Fourrastier .... original poster designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jacques Carrère .... sound re-recording mixer
Jean Monchablon .... sound
Robert Teisseire .... sound engineer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Roger Forster .... still photographer
Marc Fossard .... camera operator
 
Music Department
Joseph Kosma .... composer: pantomime music
Joseph Kosma .... music collaborator
Charles Münch .... conductor
 
Other crew
Gilles Margaritis .... assistant: pantomimes
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Les enfants du paradis" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
USA:163 min (edited) | France:190 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Production designer Alexandre Trauner and composer Joseph Kosma - both Jews - had to work in hiding and submit their ideas via intermediaries.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the outdoor market scene, the amount of food laid out on the tables varies from shot to shot. The reason is that the extras were famished from years of wartime food rationing, and stole food whenever they were not closely watched.See more »
Quotes:
Pierre-François Lacenaire:His Lawyer says, "Above all, don't talk." The Priest: "Confession is half-remission." He confesses. The Judge: "You Killed and confessed. Perfect. Off with your head." The fellow, disappointed protests: "But confession is half-remission!" The Judge: "True but justice must be done. So we'll just cut off half your head."See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Little Lili (2003)See more »

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86 out of 91 people found the following review useful.
The Paramount Best Movie Ever Produced as a 'Gesamtkunstwerk', 19 February 2004
Author: Scharnberg, Max from Stockholm, Sweden

1995 was the centennial of the invention of movies. In Stockholm the event was celebrated, inter alia, by showing 'Les enfants du paradis' free of charge on the French National Day. It was presented as the best French movie ever made. Perhaps it was felt not to be polite toward other countries to talk of the best movie made in any countries. But many (not all) experts agree that it is indeed so. And so do I. I saw the film for the first time in 1954, and have never changed my mind about its paramount position. But whatever you may think in this respect, one of the most prominent features is that the movie is a 'GESAMTKUNSTWERK'. This word was invented by Richard Wagner to indicate a work in which music, text, and visual arts fuse or amalgamate into a unity. Concerning the movie at hand, the word is of course taken in a different sense. The movie contains all kinds of cinematic categories: mass scenes perhaps with 10'000 extras, chamber play with close-up photos of emotional faces, deep and genuine love, superficial sex, friendship, comic pantomime, tragic pantomime, comic theatre (that is, both the theatre scene and the public on the screen), tragic theatre, murder, hand-to-hand-fighting, pocket-picking, etc. And everything put together into one single film. Even more, whenever a section is comic, it rests so completely in the comic mood that the spectator cannot imagine that the entire movie was not comic from the first beginning, and will not remain so to the last end. Whenever it is tragic, it rests equally completely in the tragic mood, as if it had never been anything else than tragic and would never leave the tragic mood. Despite this heterogeneity, the movie does not split up in disparate fragments, but forms a genuine whole. The writer was the really great poet Jacques Prévert, and it tells much about his unusual competence that, on the one hand, each scene is superb when seen in isolation and, on the other hand, each scene does not therefore fit less perfectly in the film as a whole. - - - To some people it may be interesting to know that four of the roles are real historical persons: the actor Frederick Lemaître, the pantomimic performer Baptiste Debureau, the mediocre gangster Jean-François Lacenaire, and the latter's assistant Avril. Lacenaire was executed in 1836. His memoirs, which were written while he awaited execution, are published in English translation.

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