The Executioner: By the Neck By David Cairns
Designing for del Toro By Eric Skillman
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.