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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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.
CHILDREN OF PARADISE is a poor mistranslation of the original title. If you absolutely have to translate (but why?), you should use CHILDREN OF THE GODS, "the gods" referring to the cheap seats in the top balcony in a theatre - this is called "Le Paradis" in French.
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.
Incredibly made, perfectly acted, beautifully written and shot; and I even had the pleasure to see this on 35mm. However that all being said, something about the story didn't exactly click with me. I loved the characters more than I loved the story. That being said, I did find certain aspects of Carne's mediation on love to be brilliant, it just didn't exactly do it for me. Gonna rate it 4 but its more a 4.5 for me.