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The Children of Paradise ()

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featuring Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur, Marcel Herrand, Albert Remy, Pierre Renoir

Even in 1945, Marcel CarnT's Children of Paradise was regarded as an old-fashioned film. Set in the Parisian theatrical world of the 1840s, Jacques PrTvert's screenplay concerns four men in love with the mysterious Garance (Arletty). Each loves Garance in his own fashion, but only the intentions of sensitive mime-actor Deburau (Jean-Louis Barrault) are entirely honorable; as a result, it is he who suffers most, hurdling one obstacle after another in pursuit of an evidently unattainable goal. In the stylized fashion of 19th-century French drama, many grand passions are spent during the film's totally absorbing 195 minutes. The film was produced under overwhelmingly difficult circumstances during the Nazi occupation of France, and many of the participants/creators were members of the Maquis, so the movie's existence itself is somewhat miraculous. Children of Paradise has gone on to become one of the great romantic classics of international cinema. Hal Erickson, Rovi Hide synopsis

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by BD0407 on Dec 29, 2013

EXCELLENT--ONE OF THE BEST FILMS I HAVE EVER SEEN. AS USUAL THE CRITERION PRINT AND PACKAGE ARE WONDERFUL. EVERYONE INTERESTED IN FILM AND FILM HISTORY SHOULD TAKE THE TIME TO WATCH AND READ ALL THAT IS INCLUDED IN THIS ITEM. SO VERY PLEASED TO HAVE THIS.

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