Deftly entwining theater, literature, music, and design, director Marcel Carné and screenwriter Jacques Prévert resurrect the tumultuous world of nineteenth-century Paris, teeming with hucksters and aristocrats, thieves and courtesans, pimps and seers.
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Incontestable chef-d'oeuvre, modèle patenté du classicisme cinématographique français, cette production commencée à Nice, aux studios de la Victorine, interrompue durant trois mois, à cause du débarquement allié en Sicile et poursuivi, dans les studios de Joinville, bénéficiait d'une merveilleuse conjonction entre des acteurs sublimes, un scénario splendide et les merveilleux dialogues de Prévert. www.cinefiches.com
A magnificent film of love and theater which seems much much grander than the limited scale enforced by filming mostly indoors in Nazi occupied France. The film evinces a mastery of both pantomime and incisive clever dialogue.
A near-Shakespearean tragedy; most tragic for those left to live with the consequences of betrayals and revelation.
It has it all: laughter, joy, sadness, a pure sense of wonder. A film that perfectly represents the european attitude on life - the "joie de vivre", even on the face of misery. The character archetypes are timeless and so could still relate to this day. A true masterpiece.
Mistranslation of the title! See below for full details from someone else. Why not use the correct French title + correct translation. The correct translation of Les Enfants du Paradis is "Children of the Gods". Duh!
absolutely astounding...one of the best films I've ever seen. You get so wrapped up in it, especially during the second hour, that it's impossible to believe that three hours and ten minutes passed while you were watching it.
One of these films that made me love cinema in the early 70's. A fabulous journey through life and play, through love and desire, through logorrhea and silence and through theatre and cinema. Lacenaire and Frédérick Lemaître were real public figures of the beginning of the 1830's in France. Masterpiece.
Impossible not to love every second of this, and graciously adore the character Baptiste... I particularly loved how many of the theater performances where done so patiently, gracefully, sometimes long but never boring, allowing the viewer to be a part of the audience. One of the greatest movies ever.