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Children of Paradise

“Generally considered among French, if not world, cinema’s greatest accomplishments, Carné’s film features not only grand settings but an extraordinary assemblage of actors—Étienne Decroux, who taught mime art to Marcel Marceau and Jean-Louis Barrault; Pierre Brasseur; Pierre Renoir; Maria Casares; Arletty; and more. The script, based on a mélange of French literary sources, centers on four admirers who court actress Garance (Arletty): a mime, an actor, a duke, and a killer. While she gives something of herself to each, she loves only the pure, naïve, romantic mime. Yet she renounces him on the touching plea of a boy wanting his father back. A fable-like tale soaked in the blood of dark 18th-century intrigue.”—Pietro Ferrua.

Genres: Drama

Other Films by Marcel Carné

Port of Shadows

The first of the collaborations between director Marcel Carné and writer Jacques Prévert, who would go on to make LE JOUR SE LÈVE (1939) and CHILDREN OF PARADISE (1945), PORT OF SHADOWS is a melancholy poem of life and death in the lower depths of Le Havre. Jean Gabin projects stubborn dignity and deep weariness

Le jour se lève

Like his classic The Children of Paradise, Carné’s haunting noir is one of the classics of French poetic realism and considered by many to be his greatest film. François (Jean Gabin), a factory worker, reflects on the circumstances of love, rivalry, and betrayal that have led to his standoff in a police dragnet. Holed up