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.
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.
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.
As some one who speaks French, I've never considered the title a mistranslation. "Paradis" is most often used to mean heaven or paradise, and the less widely-known, theatrical colloquialism is clearly explained in the film. Remember that this film was written by poet. As such, I don't think it's at all productive to interpret the title so literally.
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.