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Enfants du Paradis (Les)

France, French, 163 mins

  • Director: Marcel Carné
  • Writer: Jacques Prévert
  • Producer: Raymond Borderie; Fred Orain

CGiii Comment

Carné was an openly gay director...brave man - in Nazi occupied France.
 
You have to see this film to believe it...how on earth did Carné manage to make it?
 
Three hours fly by...it is simply a beautiful thing to watch.

'Novelty is as old as the hills.'


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The(ir) Blurb...

This tale centers around the love between Baptiste, a theater mime, and Claire Reine, an actress and otherwise woman-about-town who calls herself Garance. Garance, in turn, is loved by three other men: Frederick, a pretentious actor; Lacenaire, a conniving thief; and Count Edouard of Montray. The story is further complicated by Nathalie, an actress who is in love with Baptiste. Garance and Baptiste meet when Garance is falsely accused of stealing a man's watch. Garance is forced to enter the protection of Count Edouard when she is innocently implicated in a crime committed by Lacenaire. In the intervening years of separation, both Garance and Baptiste become involved in loveless relationships with the Count and Nathalie, respectively. Baptiste is the father of a son. Returning to Paris, Garance finds that Baptiste has become a famous mime actor. Nathalie sends her child to foil their meeting, but Baptiste and Garance manage one night together.

Cast & Characters

Arletty as Garance;
Jean-Louis Barrault as Baptiste Debureau;
Pierre Brasseur as Frederick Lemaitre;
Pierre Renoir as Jericho;
Maria Casares as Nathalie;
Gaston Modot as Fil de Soie;
Fabien Loris as Avril;
Marcel Peres as Director of the Funambules;
Palau as Stage manager of the Funambules;
Etienne Decroux as Anselme Debureau;
Jane Marken as Mme. Hermine;
Marcelle Monthil as Marie;
Louis Florencie as Policeman;
Habib Benglia as Turkish Bath Attendant;
Rognoni as Director, 'Grand Theatre'

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