Les Enfants du Paradis

Les Enfants du Paradis

Inspired by real events and colourful characters like the mime Baptiste Debureau (Jean-Louis Barrault), the star Frédérick Lemaître (Pierre Brasseur) and the playwright Pierre-François Lacenaire (Marcel Herrand), the film is not merely a masterclass in great acting but a breathtaking achievement on every front, from the superb cinematography and sets (courtesy of the great Trauner) to Carné's deft elaboration of the sheer genius of Jacques Prévert's script. All are enhanced in this glittering new digital restoration. 4.9 out of 5 based on 8 reviews
Les Enfants du Paradis

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Certificate
Genre Romance
Director Marcel Carné
Cast Pierre Brasseur, Arletty Jean-Louis Barrault
Studio BFI
Release Date November 2011
Running Time 190 mins
 

Inspired by real events and colourful characters like the mime Baptiste Debureau (Jean-Louis Barrault), the star Frédérick Lemaître (Pierre Brasseur) and the playwright Pierre-François Lacenaire (Marcel Herrand), the film is not merely a masterclass in great acting but a breathtaking achievement on every front, from the superb cinematography and sets (courtesy of the great Trauner) to Carné's deft elaboration of the sheer genius of Jacques Prévert's script. All are enhanced in this glittering new digital restoration.

Reviews

Empire Magazine

Phillippa Bloom

[This] wonderful film can barely be contained on the screen bursting is it with the stuff of life on the Boulevard Du Crime in 19th Century Paris, a life so vibrant that it threatens to spill from every frame and carry on an existence of its own elsewhere.

07/11/2011

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The Evening Standard

Derek Malcolm

[It] works so wonderfully well that you can forgive the fact that almost everything in it is larger than life.

11/11/2011

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

A rich Balzacian drama that bulges with life, with incident, with romantic idealism.

10/11/2011

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The Times

Kate Muir

The remastered print is wonderfully clear, and Jacques Prévert’s script is full of wit

11/11/2011

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Total Film

Tom Dawson

One of the crown jewels of French cinema.

08/11/2011

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The Observer

Philip French

[A] long, romantic recreation of life – high, low and theatrical.

13/11/2011

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The Sunday Times

Edward Porter

In both its glistening romanticism and cleverness of form, it’s an enchanting film.

13/11/2011

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Time Out

David Jenkins

[A] film which is content to let a dazzling, witty script, sumptuous set design and exceptional performers lend the fiction its lifeblood.

07/11/2011

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