• Few films are as rich in detail and teeming with life as Marcel Carné’s Children of Paradise, the 1945 classic that’s considered the peak of poetic realism in cinema. Made during the German occupation of France, this big-budget production (at the time the most expensive in the history of French filmmaking) re-creates early-nineteenth-century Paris, in particular the crime-ridden theater district, and stages a tragic romance there. This stunningly designed film (with sets by the legendary Alexandre Trauner) is back and looking better than ever in a new 4K restoration by Pathé that’s being released theatrically in the U.S. by Janus Films. It opens today for a three-week run at New York’s Film Forum (March 9–27), and will then make its way to cities across North America, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Seattle.

    Click here to see a video detailing the painstaking restoration process, and watch Janus’s new theatrical trailer below:

    Also in New York: fans of Andrei Tarkovsky’s cinema (and who isn’t one?) should take note of two screenings, both inspired by the publication of essayist and novelist Geoff Dyer’s new book about Stalker, Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room. First, on Saturday, March 10, the New School’s Tishman Auditorium will host an event called Stalker Interruptus, in which a group of very special guests—including Dyner and other acknowledged Tarkovsky fanatics: filmmaker Michael Benson, critics Phillip Lopate and Dana Stevens, sound editor Walter Murch, and novelist Francine Prose—will interrupt a screening of Stalker every half hour or so for a discussion about the film and director. Then, on Sunday, March 11, Dyer will be at the Museum of the Moving Image for both a conversation about his obsession with Tarkovsky and a screening of the filmmaker’s 1975 personal opus, The Mirror.

11 comments

  • By d platt
    April 14, 2012
    08:58 AM

    when will Stalker be available from Criterion?
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  • By Ja
    May 10, 2012
    03:34 PM

    Stalker deserves criterion so bad, the kino transfer is absolutely terrible... Has criterion even considered stalker? Especially on bluray!
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    • By Batzomon
      December 21, 2012
      07:54 AM

      Not only is the transfer bad, but the subtitles are kinda screwy. Criterion's are usually nigh-perfect if only sometimes hard to read on B&W movies. Of course, Kino's DVD of "Mirror" has only half of the movie subtitled and no extras. Eff that, I say.
  • By HUSKY
    June 23, 2012
    09:42 PM

    please!! stalker!!
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  • By Dandelion
    September 25, 2012
    01:27 PM

    Once a month, I check in to see if and when Criterion is releasing Stalker. Please. Soon.
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  • By Skynet
    December 20, 2012
    09:44 PM

    each time I look for information on the stalker but probably it is difficult to restore it probably on Blu Ray it we won't see
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  • By beastWAVE
    January 09, 2013
    03:07 PM

    Stalker is one I've been holding out for since the late 90's.
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  • By russia
    April 29, 2013
    10:33 PM

    please stalker !!
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  • By space_is_the_place
    May 12, 2013
    03:17 PM

    Another vote for Stalker! PLEASE!!!
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  • By Jordan Marks
    July 24, 2013
    12:15 AM

    Stalker - ill paypal $100 asap for a decent BluRay transfer with as much material as possible. - Seattle USA
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  • By Mike Garrett
    August 03, 2013
    11:59 PM

    Stalker: the direst need of a Criterion release of any Russian film in history.
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