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Children of Paradise
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CHILDREN OF PARADISE

Les enfants du paradis

Directed by Marcel Carné
France, 1945
Romance, Drama

Synopsis

In a chaotic 19th-century Paris teeming with aristocrats, thieves, psychics, and courtesans, theater mime Baptiste is in love with the mysterious actress Garance. But Garance, in turn, is loved by three other men: pretentious actor Frederick, conniving thief Lacenaire, and Count Edouard of Montray.

Synopsis

In a chaotic 19th-century Paris teeming with aristocrats, thieves, psychics, and courtesans, theater mime Baptiste is in love with the mysterious actress Garance. But Garance, in turn, is loved by three other men: pretentious actor Frederick, conniving thief Lacenaire, and Count Edouard of Montray.

Our take

A stone-cold classic from the Golden Age of French cinema, Marcel Carné’s tragic romance is an extravagant spectacle. With an Oscar®-nominated screenplay by Jacques Prévert, what makes this film even more impressive is its complicated production: it was made during the German Occupation of France.