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France film school 1945 bw 195 min.
Director: Marcel Carne
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2 discs, catalog # CC1249L

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Carné stands with Renoir as the greatest of the French film masters, and we were fortunate enough to interview him in Paris nearly 50 years after the making of his masterpiece, Children of Paradise, fully restored for Criterion's laserdisc.


"The home video event of the year in terms of foreign films." -Chris McGowan, Billboard

This romantic classic tells the story of how four men love the same woman in different ways. The Gone With the Wind of French film, Children of Paradise offers a behind-the-scenes view of a theatrical community in 19th-century Paris, set against a backdrop of intrigue, duels, and murder that parallels the war-torn world of occupied France. Children of Paradise features breathtaking cinematography and bravura performances.

The foreign film most requested by Criterion Collection customers, Criterion's exclusive laserdisc release contains:

  • Audio commentary by film expert Brian Stonehill
  • An interview with director Marcel Carne
  • Original film treatment and production photographs
  • Exploration of French painting influences on the film


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