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Children of Paradise (Les Enfants du Paradise)

This screening took place on
Sunday, December 27, 2015 at 7:00pm
Yukon Arts Centre

Poetic realism reached sublime heights with Children of Paradise, widely considered one of the greatest French films of all time. This nimble depiction of nineteenth-century Paris’s theatrical demimonde, filmed during World War II, follows a mysterious woman (Arletty) loved by four different men (all based on historical figures): an actor, a criminal, a count, and, most poignantly, a mime (Jean-Louis Barrault, in a longing-suffused performance for the ages). With sensitivity and dramatic élan, director Marcel Carné and screenwriter Jacques Prévert resurrect a world teeming with hucksters and aristocrats, thieves and courtesans, pimps and seers. And thanks to a major new restoration, this iconic classic looks and sounds richer and more detailed than ever.

“Marcel Carné‘s towering intimate epic of early 19th-century love and the lives of performers, often heralded as the greatest French film of all time.” – Melissa Anderson, Village Voice

“Poetry with a capital “P,” sprinkled with fairy dust”  - Richard Brody, New Yorker

  • Directed by Marcel Carné
  • 1945, France
  • 190 minutes
  • Film Subtitled
Children of Paradise (Les Enfants du Paradise)

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