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Children of Paradise (1945)

Les enfants du paradis (original title)
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The theatrical life of a beautiful courtesan and the four men who love her.

Director:

Marcel Carné

Writer:

Jacques Prévert (scenario and dialogue)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Fabien Loris ... Avril
Marcel Pérès Marcel Pérès ... Le directeur des Funambules
Palau ... Le régisseur des Funambules (as Pierre Palau)
Etienne Decroux Etienne Decroux ... Anselme Debureau (as Étienne Decroux)
Jane Marken ... Mme Hermine (as Jeanne Marken)
Marcelle Monthil ... Marie
Louis Florencie Louis Florencie ... Le gendarme des 'Adrets'
Habib Benglia Habib Benglia ... L'employé des bains turcs
Rognoni Rognoni ... Le directeur du Grand Théâtre
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Storyline

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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AT LAST! The Celebrated French Film

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

15 November 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Children of Paradise See more »

Filming Locations:

Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A large number of members of the French Resistance worked on this film's crew, as Nazi power was at its peak in France and these fighters needed concealing. See more »

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During the shots from the audience POV in the theater where the orchestra conductor is visible, he is clearly wearing contemporary glasses (1940s) even though the film is set in the 19th century. See more »

Quotes

Édouard, Count de Montray: Monsieur, you play the bloodthirsty brute so naturally.
Frederick: You're too kind. I merely played him as Shakespeare wrote him, as naturally as possible.
Édouard, Count de Montray: A peculiar fellow, this Monsieur Shakespeare. I hear he made his literary debut as a butcher's apprentice.
Frederick: Why not?
Édouard, Count de Montray: Which would explain the bestial nature of his plays and his popularity among dockers and carters.
Frederick: And kings!
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The greatest movie to ever grace the silver screen.
23 February 2003 | by movieguynathanSee 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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