1945 • 190 minutes • 1.37:1 • France
Spine: #141 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
Poetic realism reached sublime heights with Children of Paradise, widely considered one of the greatest French films of all time.
The fourth volume of indispensable cinema classics from Janus and Criterion. For the devoted cinephile, these are the must-own fundamentals; for the novice film lover, this is precisely where to begin. Featuring Clément, Carné, Litvak, Powell and Pressburger, Hitchcock, and Kurosawa.
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1939 • 93 minutes • 1.33:1 • France
Editions: DVD, Collector’s Sets
In this compelling story of obsessive sexuality and murder, the working-class François (Jean Gabin) resorts to killing in order to free the woman he loves from the controlling influence of another man.
1938 • 90 minutes • 1.33:1 • France
Spine: #245 Edition: DVD
Jean Gabin stars as an army deserter looking for another chance to make good on life in Marcel Carné’s stark portrayal of an underworld of lonely souls wrestling with their own destinies. Port of Shadows is a quintessential example of poetic realism from the golden age of French cinema.
1942 • 121 minutes • 1.33:1 • France
Spine: #626 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Two strangers dressed as minstrels (Arletty and Alain Cuny) arrive at a castle in advance of court festivities—and are revealed to be emissaries of the devil, dispatched to spread heartbreak and suffering. Their plans, however, are thwarted by an unexpected intrusion: human love.