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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 2 wins See more »
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you will be left with so much you never knew before, that you always thought existed 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)

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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18 months in production.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The positions of Avril and Lacenaire in the Turkish baths changes between the shot of their entry and the closer shot.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 »
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58 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
you will be left with so much you never knew before, that you always thought existed, 14 August 2000
Author: jim-574 (jim@jimrichardson.com) from Sebastopol, California

Film Review by Jim Richardson

First published in "Der Stump" 7/16/75

GREATEST FILM EVER MADE

The greatest film ever made is director Marcel Carne's "Children of Paradise" with script by Jacques Prevert. It's hard to say more.

In Paris of the 1840's on Le Boulevard du Crime, Carne's camera soars through sideshow entertainments of every description. The motion picture has just begun. No characters introduced. Already the audience is gasping, dizzy, lost in a swirl of romantic imagery. We are inside a theatre sharing the cheapest seats in the last row of the top balcony near the ceiling with the "children of paradise." We forget ourselves and any notion that a film has to be "realistic" as we float along catching Carne's glimpse of this lost, fantastic era. The movie moves. It overflows with art and intelligence; we are totally under its spell of romance and beauty.

As the story unfolds, we watch it in a daze. There is suffering and sudden death. But no leaden hand is telling us this is a stylized allegory dealing with the paralysis of an occupied France. This is the kind of film people make when they may die tomorrow: we are compelled to receive it on the edge of our seat, every nerve tingling with desperate anticipation. We don't need to know that it was made between 1943-45 when some of the filmmakers were being hunted by the Gestapo, that starving extras stole banquets before they could be photographed.

Every movement the performers make is studied, made perfect as though this would be the last time any of them were to act. Garbo interests you? Meet Arletty. The ideal twentieth century woman. Witty. Controlled. Passionate. When she comes to her lover she glides toward the camera, walking without the use of her feet. Impossible? Not this time.

Jean-Louis Barrault playing Baptiste Debureau, the greatest French mime who created Pierrot (a pale, love-sick, ever-hopeful seeker after happiness) -- Barrault transcends the man's legend with elegant pathos. And the way he moves. Like a feather. How did he learn that?

The man who taught him plays his father in the film. As a matter of fact, Etienne Decroux taught Marcel Marceau as well. What does Decroux think of Marceau's popular mime? Snarls, "Walt Disney!"

Mime is serious to Decroux. At some of his performances if the audience interrupts with applause, he is insulted and immediately retires from the stage!

In the film, we see Barrault do many of Decroux's mime exercises during moments of Debureau's performances. Does Decroux think this is a good film? It is said that when he views it, tears run down his cheeks as he mouths all the lines.

But the film is not just about mime. Pierre Brasseur plays the most renowned romantic actor in France, Frederick LeMaitre. Decroux doesn't want him in his mime company at first because it's so obvious that "he's an actor." Frederick gets his break when he mocks a playwright by turning the man's melodrama into a farce. Years pass and both actor and mime become successful. But the actor cannot play "Othello" because he is so vain nothing can make him feel jealousy. That's right: Arletty cures him!

And there are aristocrats, and murderers, and thieves. And the film is over three hours long without a break. And you will be surprised how fast those three hours disappear!

You will be overcome with a feeling of ecstasy; you will sign, you will cry. And as your breath is taken away you will be left with so much you never knew before, that you always thought existed; something will have happened to you for the first time, and forever. Now is the time to fall in love with the best there is!

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