Children of Paradise ()

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


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Claire Reine, dite Garance
Baptiste Debureau
Frédérick Lemaître
Nathalie (as Maria Casarès)
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Fabien Loris ...
Marcel Pérès ...
Le directeur des Funambules
Le régisseur des Funambules (as Pierre Palau)
Etienne Decroux ...
Anselme Debureau (as Étienne Decroux)
Mme Hermine (as Jeanne Marken)
Louis Florencie ...
Le gendarme des 'Adrets'
Habib Benglia ...
L'employé des bains turcs
Rognoni ...
Le directeur du Grand Théâtre
Jacques Castelot ...
L'inspecteur de police
Scarpia Barrigni
Auguste Bovério ...
Le premier auteur de 'L'auberge des Adrets' (as Auguste Boverio)
Le deuxième auteur de 'L'auberge des Adrets'
Édouard comte de Montray
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)
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)
Bill Bocket ...
Petit rôle (uncredited)
Albert Broquin ...
Petit rôle (uncredited)
Rivers Cadet ...
Un bourgeois (uncredited)
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

Written by

Jacques Prévert ... (scenario and dialogue)

Produced by

Raymond Borderie ... producer: Pathé Cinéma
Adrien Remaugé ... producer

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


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 ... 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 / music collaborator
Charles Münch ... conductor

Other crew

Gilles Margaritis ... assistant: pantomimes
Jeanne Witta ... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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 scenes, Garance is returning to Edouard's hotel and disaster as Baptiste struggles after her through crowds of merrymakers, many dressed as his famous character. Written by kevin kraynak

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Also Known As
  • L'homme blanc (France)
  • Le Boulevard du crime (France)
  • Children of Paradise (United States)
  • Children of Paradise (World-wide, English title)
  • Children of Paradise (United Kingdom)
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  • 189 min
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Trivia This involved building the largest studio set in the then history of French cinema - the quarter mile of street frontage, reproduced in scrupulous detail, representing the Boulevard du Crime, the theater district of Paris in the 1830s and 40s. This would have been a daunting prospect at the best of times but in Vichy France, when all artisans, transport, materials, costumes and film stock were all in short supply, it was a miraculous achievement. 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into Les enfants du paradis (2009). See more »
Quotes Anselme Debureau: A kick in the ass, if well delivered, is a sure laugh. It's true. There's an entire order, a science, a style of kicks in the ass.
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