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Children of Paradise

Marcel Carné

 
Children of Paradise (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

2 Discs

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • France
  • 1945
  • 190 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • French
  •  
  • Spine #141

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.

Cast

GaranceArletty
Baptiste Deburau Jean-Louis Barrault
Frédérick LemaîtrePierre Brasseur
LacenairePierre Renoir
JérichoMarcel Herrand
NathalieMaría Casarès
Count Edouard de Montray Louis Salou

Credits

Disc Features

  • Pathé’s 2011 restoration of the film, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentaries by film scholars Brian Stonehill and Charles Affron
  • Video introduction by director Terry Gilliam
  • Restoration demonstration
  • U.S. trailer
  • Once Upon a Time: “Children of Paradise,” a 2009 documentary on the making of the film
  • New visual essay on the design of Children of Paradise by film writer Paul Ryan
  • The Birth of “Children of Paradise,” a 1967 Rob Houwer Film documentary featuring interviews with director Marcel Carné; actors Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, and Pierre Brasseur; production designer Alexandre Trauner; and others
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Dudley Andrew and excerpts from a 1990 interview with Carné

    Cover based on an original set design painting by Alexandre Trauner

Film Essays

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Marcel Carné on Children of Paradise: Forty-Five Years Later

September 20, 2012

The following is excerpted from a 1990 audio interview that originally appeared on the Criterion Collection’s laserdisc edition of Children of Paradise. It was conducted by the late Brian . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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The Romance of Children of Paradise

By Dudley Andrew September 18, 2012

Marcel Carné’s theatrical spectacle set in early nineteenth-century Paris is an operatic work about passion and artifice. Read more »


Film Essays

Children of Paradise

By Peter Cowie January 21, 2002

Few epics, not even Cleopatra or Titanic, have endured such disruption as Children of Paradise, made in France during World War II. Shooting commenced in August 1943, and post-production . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Children of Paradise

By Brian Stonehill October 21, 1991

Children of Paradise is the high-water mark of the Golden Age of French cinema. This is the movie that is routinely ranked number one of all time, in surveys of French film critics of French . . . Read more »

Clippings

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Criterion’s Fans Show Their Dedication

November 17, 2015

This week marks the first occasion of the Criterion Blogathon, a massive movie lovefest organized by the film blog Criterion Blues. Read more »


Film Essays

Currentthumb_122_164_thumbnail

Marcel Carné on Children of Paradise: Forty-Five Years Later

September 20, 2012

The following is excerpted from a 1990 audio interview that originally appeared on the Criterion Collection’s laserdisc edition of Children of Paradise. It was conducted by the late Brian . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Currentthumb_122_068_thumbnail

The Romance of Children of Paradise

By Dudley Andrew September 18, 2012

Marcel Carné’s theatrical spectacle set in early nineteenth-century Paris is an operatic work about passion and artifice. Read more »


Photo Galleries


Three Reasons


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Big Screen


Big Screen


Photo Galleries

12 Title Designs We Love

February 28, 2012


News

Return to Paradise

July 08, 2011

Marcel Carné’s rich backstage drama about the theater world of nineteenth-century Paris, Children of Paradise, is back—in a new form. Based on Jacques Prevert’s original scenario, a ballet . . . Read more »


Clippings

The Origins of Bond, James Bond

November 02, 2008

It’s all things Quantum of Solace these days, with the latest in the Bond franchise opening next week. And Newsweek took the opportunity to ask Swiss director Marc Forster what his film . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Children of Paradise

By Peter Cowie January 21, 2002

Few epics, not even Cleopatra or Titanic, have endured such disruption as Children of Paradise, made in France during World War II. Shooting commenced in August 1943, and post-production . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Children of Paradise

By Brian Stonehill October 21, 1991

Children of Paradise is the high-water mark of the Golden Age of French cinema. This is the movie that is routinely ranked number one of all time, in surveys of French film critics of French . . . Read more »

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