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CHILDREN OF PARADISE

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Part of the seriesTHE FRENCH OLD WAVE

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DIRECTED BY MARCEL CARNÉ • New DCP Restoration

*****! 5 STARS - highest rating
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"CARNÉ'S FILM HAS NEVER LOOKED MORE LUSH! 
A sumptuous spread of genteel sparring and epic heartache... The cryptic Arletty allures from the sidelines as a love object to three characters, yet she won’t grab you as firmly as Jean-Louis Barrault’s fragile, almost abstract mime."
– Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
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"YOU SIMPLY CAN'T MISS THIS GORGEOUS NEW RESTORATION! Laboriously scanned and remastered from the badly damaged original camera negative and other early sources using a high-resolution 4K digital process, this Children of Paradise has a level of brilliance, tonality and detail — and as a result, an intimacy and humanity — that was never previously possible."
– Andrew O'Hehir, Salon
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“THIS RESTORATION REIGNITES A GLORIOUS FLAME! A RICH AND DELICIOUS MOVIE TREAT!”
– The Guardian

CHILDREN OF PARADISE

(1945) “Love is so simple” — or is it? A theater curtain rises on jostling crowds on the Boulevard du Crime in 1828 Paris (brought to life by legendary production designer Alexandre Trauner), among them Jean-Louis Barrault’s white-faced mime Baptiste Debureau, Pierre Brasseur’s aspiring actor Frédérick Lemaître, and Marcel Herrand’s intellectual criminal Lacenaire — all based on real people — who have eyes only for ambiguously serene woman of mystery Garance — as portrayed by Arletty in “a performance for the ages” (Richard Roud). An ode to the lusty traditions of early 19th century French theater — the eponymous Paradis refers to the raucous nose bleed “cheap seats” — with Brasseur’s Lemaître camping up a turgid melodrama to rapturous reaction and Barrault elegantly recreating Debureau’s most famous pantomimes, this is a complexly plotted romantic tragedy as well, with lovers repeatedly being interrupted by startling intrusions and discoveries and a circular structure that returns to the Boulevard as confetti flies about an elbow-to-elbow Carnival crowd, while a desperate man pursues a dream. France’s biggest and most expensive production to date (astonishingly made in wartime conditions under the Occupation), the culmination of France’s great pre-war movement of “poetic realism,” and the summit of the celebrated collaboration of director Carné and poet/scenarist Jacques Prévert. For Pathé’s brand new restoration, the original camera negative was scanned at 4K, creating a Paradise with the richest pictorial detail that’s ever been seen, along with a fully-restored soundtrack. Approx: 190 minutes, plus a 5 minute intermissionDCP.

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CHILDREN OF PARADISE

"Both a delicious entertainment on a grand scale and a subtle essay in the most painful and noble aspects of human nature... its operatic tale of drama and heartbreak can sweep you away now as much as ever."
– Andrew O'Hehir, Salon

“Thanks to this restoration, its full achievements can once again be properly appreciated! A dazzling recreation of the teeming Parisian theatre world of the 1830s and 40s, carried along by sparkling, witty dialogue.”
– Sight & Sound

"At once a magnificent spectacle and a complex study of glances, gestures, and confrontations, Children of Paradise reveals theater as the underlying pattern of life. Long seen in scratched and blurry prints, Paradise has undergone painstaking digital restoration and reemerged in ravishing DCP, every image sharp and glistening as a knife."
– Imogen Smith, Altscreen

The ultimate exemplar of classical filmmaking, great acting, and a perfectly constructed screenplay. For many critics, it remains the finest French film ever made.” 
– Peter Cowie

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