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Children of Paradise (1945)

Les enfants du paradis (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 15 November 1946 (USA)
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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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Strolling indolently around the 1830s vibrant Parisian avenue called the Boulevard du Crime, the graceful and elusive courtesan, Garance, finds herself wrongfully accused of pickpocketing. But, amid a sea of jugglers, sideshow performers, streetwalkers, and crooks, the silently eloquent mime, Baptiste, comes to her rescue, only to hopelessly fall for her. And just like that, love's sweet torture befalls the delicate pantomimist, as the insufferable burden of knowing that the object of his desire can never belong to anyone, will heartlessly haunt him for years to come. Many have tried to seize her heart--the flamboyant thespian, Frédérick Lemaître; the criminal dandy, Pierre-François Lacenaire, and the imperious but loveless Count, Édouard de Montray--however, Garance, after so many barren years, now seems to need only one man. In the end, trusting a frail and modest rose is beautiful but cruel. Is there anyone who can accept the naked truth of an unrequited love? Written by Nick Riganas

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AT LAST! The Celebrated French Film

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Drama | Romance

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Trivia

The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list. See more »

Goofs

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: I don't love you, but you are the only woman for whom I have no contempt.
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Alternate Versions

There are various alternate cuts of this film; the complete version runs 195 minutes and has been restored on video. See more »

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Referenced in Cecil B. DeMented (2000) See more »

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love vs infatuation times five
8 September 2003 | by slangistSee all my reviews

it takes a real poet to write dialog this incisive, not that i speak french, but the new subtitles are very clear (visually) and concise (linguistically)... the poet was jacques prevert, the director marcel carne, and if you want to know how powerful real moviemaking can be, you have to see this picture... as in all true tragedy, the various pairs of lovers comment by their actions on each other's destinies... baptiste/garance are the main pair we care most about, but all the others contribute to and contrast with their true, genuine, doomed affair... the shadows of the main pair are baptiste/nathalie, and garance/frederick, descending to the sick depths of garance/edouard, lacenaire/avril, and jericho/himself. it's like a deck of cards with all possible combinations revealed. based on a true story, set against the theatre milieu of the 1840s, this has the world's best crowd scenes, partially because carne employed every actor in france who needed saving from the nazis, including hiding jews on the set (it was made during WWII). the use of mime advances the plot and is not simply an excuse for baptiste to show off his real-life talents (jean-louis barrault conducts a school of mime in france to this day.) the stunningly vibrant arletty plays garance, a whore with a heart, as if such a thing had never happened before... and until she did it her way, it hadn't...


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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,741, 11 March 2012

Gross USA:

$36,986

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$42,781
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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