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The Children of Paradise Details

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Even in 1945, [[Performer~P83923~Marcel Carné~marcelcarné]]'s Children of Paradise was regarded as an old-fashioned film. Set in the Parisian theatrical world of the 1840s, [[Performer~P107057~Jacques Prévert~jacquesprévert]]'s screenplay concerns four men in love with the mysterious Garance ([[Performer~P2230~Arletty~arletty]]). Each loves Garance in his own fashion, but only the intentions of sensitive mime-actor Deburau (Jean-Louis Barrault) are entirely honorable; as a result, it is he who suffers most, hurdling one obstacle after another in pursuit of an evidently unattainable goal. In the stylized fashion of 19th-century French drama, many grand passions are spent during the film's totally absorbing 195 minutes. The film was produced under overwhelmingly difficult circumstances during the Nazi occupation of France, and many of the participants/creators were members of the Maquis, so the movie's existence itself is somewhat miraculous. Children of Paradise has gone on to become one of the great romantic classics of international cinema. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:November 15, 1945

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jacques Prévert Best Original Screenplay 1946 Nominee

Cast

Arletty
as Garance
Jean-Louis Barrault
as Baptiste Deburau
Pierre Brasseur
as Frederick Lemaitre
Marcel Herrand
as Lacenaire
Albert Remy
as Scarpia Barigni
Pierre Renoir
as Jericho
Maria Casarés
as Nathalie
Fabien Loris
as Avril
Louis Salou
as Count Edward de Monteray
Pierre Palau
as Director
Gaston Modot
as The Blind
Paul Frankeur
as Inspector of Police
Paul Demange
as Second Author
Jacques Castelot
as Georges
Jean Lanier
as Iago
Guy Favieres
as Debt Collector
Marcel Pérès
as Director at "Funambules"
Robert Dhéry
as Celestin

Crew

Marcel Carné
Director
Fred Orain
Producer
Jacques Prévert
Screenwriter
Marc Fossard
Cinematographer
Joseph Kosma
Composer (Music Score)
Henri Rust
Editor
Madeleine Bonin
Editor
Léon Barsacq
Art Director
Alexandre Trauner
Art Director
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