• Marcel Carné’s beloved tale of the nineteenth-century Paris theater world, Children of Paradise, has been brought back to glorious life by Pathé. This landmark restoration, taken from the original nitrate camera negative, premiered at Cannes last year, and Janus Films is bringing it to the U.S. and Canada starting this week on DCP. After its New York premiere tonight as the centerpiece of the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Rendez-Vous with French Cinema series, the film will open at New York’s Film Forum on March 9 for a three-week run (dates to follow in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Seattle, with more to come).

    This video demonstrating what went into the painstaking restoration was produced by Pathé.

13 comments

  • By The Narrator Returns
    March 06, 2012
    07:17 PM

    Absolutely stunning. I can't wait for the Blu-Ray that this is not-so-subtly previewing.
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  • By Danny
    March 07, 2012
    11:46 AM

    I appreciate all the efforts to restore these films, and I absolutely love the documented restoration process. With so much time and effort made it would be wonderful to see documentaries of the process included with each of their respective films when released. It definitely is a Value-Add! :)
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  • By Shaun Pearson
    March 07, 2012
    04:58 PM

    I know they HAVE to do it, but I'll be honest I get a little pissed off when they release another film I already own on the new HD format. It's a wonderful film though and for those who don't have it I envy you - it'll be great on Blu- Please Criterion folks, let's have some NEW "film school in a box" releases in the near future (and not cynical double-dips) . The War Trilogy was a godsend; as was the Vigo and 3 by Joe Von Sternberg.
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  • By Shaun Pearson
    March 07, 2012
    05:03 PM

    My comment was "marked for review"?! Why - because the folks that release Salo and In the Realm of the Senses get all wobbly when I use the word "p*iss'd"?
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  • By Sidney
    March 07, 2012
    05:47 PM

    Does this mean that there is going to be a Blu-ray soon? Because it would be great to see this for the first time.
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  • By -jordan_
    March 07, 2012
    09:45 PM

    This was one of the most beautifully informative videos I have ever seen. I seriously would be willing to pay more money just for videos like this to be included in the supplements. Such similar ones like on La Belle et la Bete and The Red Shoes.
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  • By CL78
    March 08, 2012
    02:36 PM

    Especially with the older films, I think I've always taken for granted how good Criterion (or Pathe, in this case) has managed to make the footage look. This kind of video not only restores the look of the film as it was intended to appear, but also restores my appreciation for the labor that goes into making an old film look new. Beautiful--kudos, y'all. I await the Blu-Ray impatiently :)
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  • By Bryce
    March 10, 2012
    12:40 PM

    Now It's just a matter of when we get the blu-ray! Cannot wait for this release. One of my favorite films, and the restoration looks incredible!
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  • By Christopher
    March 13, 2012
    12:12 PM

    J'espère qu'ils vont également venir au Québec! Étant donné la langue du film et la tournée qui passe par le Canada...
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  • By Howard
    March 19, 2012
    11:49 AM

    When is it coming to LA???
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  • By Flemming Kristensen
    September 04, 2012
    03:13 PM

    Contrast sucks and it looks waxy compared to the DVD release. What has happened in the QA department?!?!?!
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  • By Leonard Brell
    September 04, 2012
    03:51 PM

    Well, you actually haven't seen the DVD or Blu-ray release at all, so you clearly don't know what you're talking about. This was about the theatrical release. The discs come out later in the fall. Also, you're crazy.
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  • By unperson
    April 10, 2014
    07:08 PM

    Heaven is a continuous double bill of "Children of Paradise" and "The Red Shoes".
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