The Children of Paradise

The Children of Paradise

Director: Marcel Carné Cast: Arletty
, Jean-Louis Barrault
Jean-Louis Barrault
, Pierre Brasseur
Pierre Brasseur
Marcel Carné

Blu-ray (Black & White / Mono)

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Even in 1945, Marcel Carné's Children of Paradise was regarded as an old-fashioned film. Set in the Parisian theatrical world of the 1840s, Jacques Prévert'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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/18/2012
UPC: 0715515098311
Original Release: 1945
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [monaural]
Time: 3:10:00
Sales rank: 14,527

Special Features

Audio commentary by film scholars Brian Stonehill and Charles Affron; Video introduction by director Terry Gilliam; Restoration demostration; U.S. trailer; Once upon a time: "Children of Paradise" a 2009 documentary on the making of the film; New visual essay on the design of Children of Paradise by film writer Paul Ryan; The birth of "Children of Paradise," a 1967 Rob Houver film documentary featuring interviews with director Marcel Carné; actors Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, and Pierre Brasseur; production designer Alexandre Trauner and others

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Arletty Garance
Jean-Louis Barrault Baptiste Deburau
Pierre Brasseur Frederick Lemaitre
Marcel Herrand Lacenaire
Albert Remy Scarpia Barigni
Pierre Renoir Jericho
Maria Casarés Nathalie
Fabien Loris Avril
Etienne Decroux Anselme Deburau
Louis Salou Count Edward de Monteray
Jane Marken [Jeanne] Madame Hermine
Pierre Palau Director
Gaston Modot The Blind
Paul Frankeur Inspector of Police
Auguste Boverio First Author
Jean Carmet Actor
Jacques Castelot Georges
Paul Demange Second Author
Robert Dhéry Celestin
Guy Favieres Debt Collector
Jean Lanier Iago
Leon Larive Stage Doorman at "Funambules"
Marcel Pérès Director at "Funambules"

Technical Credits
Marcel Carné Director
Léon Barsacq Art Director
Madeleine Bonin Editor
R. Cabutti Art Director
Marc Fossard Cinematographer
Roger Hubert Cinematographer
Joseph Kosma Score Composer
Mayo Costumes/Costume Designer
George Mouque Score Composer
Fred Orain Producer
Jacques Prévert Screenwriter
Henri Rust Editor
Maurice Thiriet Score Composer
Alexandre Trauner Art Director

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