Watch now


£6.99 + £1.26 UK delivery
In stock. Sold by s_clayton

or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
More Buying Choices
RevisionNet Add to Cart
£7.38
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available

 

Les Enfants du Paradis (1945) [DVD]

Arletty , Jean-Louis Barrault , Marcel Carné    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
Price: £6.99
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 1 left in stock.
Dispatched from and sold by s_clayton.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Amazon Family members enjoy 20% off every delivery of nappies. Join today to get your discount, as well as a free trial of Amazon Prime and access to exclusive offers and discounts.


Frequently Bought Together

Les Enfants du Paradis (1945) [DVD] + La Règle du jeu [1939] [DVD] + La Grande Illusion 75th Anniversary [DVD]
Price For All Three: £25.98

These items are dispatched from and sold by different sellers.

Buy the selected items together

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Product details

  • Actors: Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur, Pierre Renoir, María Casares
  • Directors: Marcel Carné
  • Format: PAL, Mono, Full Screen, Black & White, Subtitled
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Second Sight
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Sep 2000
  • Run Time: 183 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000558Y9
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,134 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

From Amazon.co.uk

A film which regularly charts high in critics' polls of the best films of all time, director Marcel Carné and screenwriter Jacques Prévert's masterpiece Les Enfants du Paradis is as solid a landmark in French film history as the Eiffel Tower is on the Parisian landscape. And at 187 minutes running time, it's a massy edifice indeed, built from a rambunctious cast of characters--ranging from pickpockets and prostitutes to aristocrats and actors--whose lives intersect around the Theatre des Funambules, a popular Parisian theatre on the Boulevard du Crime, during the 1840s. (The title refers to the poor who can only afford seats in the upper galleries of the theatre.)

The heart of the plot is a love story between mime artiste Baptiste (Jean-Louis Barrault) and streetwalker Garance (the magnificent, sand-paper-voiced Arletty). When Garance is falsely accused of pickpocketing, Baptiste provides a mimed alibi for her to the police (one of the film's most famous set pieces). The rose she later throws him in gratitude sets off a romantic obsession, one of several that structure the film, as do love triangles, duels, and tortured confessions of feeling.

Thematically, Les Enfant du Paradis gnaws over typically French cinematic preoccupations: illusion and reality, the nature of performance, the indomitable spirit of the proletariat and so on, all made the more charged and poignant when you know the film was shot during the Nazi occupation. (One actor, Robert Le Vigan, was reportedly a Nazi collaborator and disappeared during the filming under mysterious circumstances and so had to be replaced by Pierre Renoir.) --Leslie Felperin

Product Description

A film which regularly charts high in critics' polls of the best films of all time, director Marcel Carné and screenwriter Jacques Prévert's masterpiece Les Enfants du Paradis is as solid a landmark in French film history as the Eiffel Tower is on the Parisian landscape. And at 187 minutes running time, it's a massy edifice indeed, built from a rambunctious cast of characters--ranging from pickpockets and prostitutes to aristocrats and actors--whose lives intersect around the Theatre des Funambules, a popular Parisian theatre on the Boulevard du Crime, during the 1840s. (The title refers to the poor who can only afford seats in the upper galleries of the theatre.) The heart of the plot is a love story between mime artiste Baptiste (Jean-Louis Barrault) and streetwalker Garance (the magnificent, sand-paper-voiced Arletty). When Garance is falsely accused of pickpocketing, Baptiste provides a mimed alibi for her to the police (one of the film's most famous set pieces). The rose she later throws him in gratitude sets off a romantic obsession, one of several that structure the film, as do love triangles, duels, and tortured confessions of feeling. Thematically, Les Enfant du Paradis gnaws over typically French cinematic preoccupations: illusion and reality, the nature of performance, the indomitable spirit of the proletariat and so on, all made the more charged and poignant when you know the film was shot during the Nazi occupation. (One actor, Robert Le Vigan, was reportedly a Nazi collaborator and disappeared during the filming under mysterious circumstances and so had to be replaced by Pierre Renoir.)

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars L'amour, c'est simple! 20 Nov 2003
Format:VHS Tape
'Oh Garance! Tu ne m'aime pas!' Is just about the saddest line ever spoken in cinema.
Four characters, (loosely based on historical French figures) vye for the eye of the beautiful and serene Garance. The four stereotypical male character types that have continuously made great cinema over the last century. The cold millionaire aristocrat, the genius criminal, the amiable noble adventurous lover and finally our tragic hero, the romantic artist. Each seek her in their own way, yet each selfishly encroaches her formidable freedom with their tragic flaws. The romantic needs her exlusively and needs her unconditional love, the aristocratic will only ever see her as an object, he will never 'love as a poor man'. The lover is too full of dramatic hyperbole for her truthful sensibility and the criminal can never love, for his dark humour and excessive intelligence can not grasp its simplicity. For it is true, 'L'amour, c'est simple.' but it is also tragical and farcical. This film does justice to this fact on a grand and beautiful scale and certainly deserves its plaudits as one of the top ten best films of all time.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A French masterpiece. 4 Dec 2006
Format:DVD
Simply the greatest French Film of all time. Made in Paris whilst Paris was still under Nazi occupation this quite beautiful Film is wonderfully cast, acted, written and directed. Many great French films can lay claim to being the greatest, but Les Enfants Du Paradis is for me the greatest of all time because it is the richest, most humane & powerful. Let the human emotions of the French Theatre it is set in and around wash over you as you marvel at the performances and the characters journey's. I can't tell you too much as that would be give away what is a gift of a Film. If you like, love or are curious about French cinema, start with this Film and you'll not be disappointed.
Was this review helpful to you?
44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best film ever made 28 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
It is 7 years since I last saw this film and it is time to see it again. I shall post my order today. A deeply moving and tragic film, of huge scope. Please take the time to see it. I think that you will never forget it. The closing scene is one of the most tragic in all cinema.
Arletty is beautifully seductive as the heroine and one can quite understand why the hero, Jean-Louis Tritignant, would leave a wife and child whom he adored for the chance of her love. But the real stars are 'les enfants du paradis' themselves - the audience in the 'Gods' of the popular theatre 'Les Funambules' (sp?) where Jean-Louis is the mime artist.
Sounds gripping? Probably not. But please don't let this review put you off. Nothing in cinema is as great as this film, IMHO.
Was this review helpful to you?
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious. 17 Mar 2004
By Janina
Format:VHS Tape
Full of pathos,love, and tragedy yet with moments of humour. Wonderfully drawn characters, finely acted against the vibrant backdrop of 19th century French theatre and street-life. Visually very beautiful, you will never tire of this one and will always find something new to appreciate.Well worth the investment.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest French film? 20 Mar 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
To be honest, I was rather scared of seeing this film. Its reputation, plus the fact that I did not really know many of the actors and that there are scenes of mime in it all conspired against my watching it. Suddenly, on reaching an advanced age, I thought that I should watch the classic French films and, eventually I plucked up courage to watch "Les Enfants du Paradis". By that time I had seen Arletty in "Hotel du Nord" and "Le Jour Se Leve", Pierre Brasseur in "Quai des Brumes", Jean-Louis Barrault in "La Ronde" and Marcel Herrand in "Fanfan La Tulipe", and had seen a few Marcel Carne/Jacques Prevert films. I was a little optimistic about the film but was quite unprepared for the experience of being totally enthralled from the very first minute until the last. Those reviewers who say that, although 3 hours 15 minutes long, the film does not feel at all long could not be more right. This is a display of consummate acting by all concerned. Watching Arletty as Garance you can see why she was a legend of French cinema. Pierre Brasseur is truly fascinating as the arrogant actor, Lemaitre. Jean-Louis Barrault as Baptiste quite simply makes mime an art. I should, however, be wrong not to mention a now largely forgotten actor who, when he is on screen, you cannot take your eyes off him. That is Marcel Herrand as Lacenaire, the murderer, thief, playright. His is a performance which absolutely fascinates, whilst repelling (rather the sort of ability that Jules Berry had). The story holds your attention throughout and covers the complete spectrum of human emotions. If you do not watch this film, you are missing one of the great cinematic experiences. Best French film of all time? Certainly. Best film ever made? Quite probably. At least a very compelling argument would be made by anyone who has seen it.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Film of two halves 15 Feb 2012
By sporus
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Carne shows his virtuosity and versatility: Part 1 explores a variety of filmic and theatrical conventions, styles and idioms ... everyone is both performer and audience (even the audience in the theatre performs for the camera); Garance performs only as herself but is made as an audience by each of her men; like Mona Lisa she "always" smiles - meaning left for the viewer to determine. Part 2, more consistent stylistically, extrapolates consequences of relationships set up in Part 1, each destructive except in the case of Frederick, the only one who benefits by learning how to play Othello. Tragic for all others. Woman as object of men's gaze, becomes what they wish, destroys them all except one of the professional actors. Brilliant, altogether brilliant!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Theatres of life
This is what cinema can do.
Such joy to see this magnificent film again after too many years away from its unique, bustling charms. Read more
Published 2 months ago by GlynLuke
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
It was good to see that this masterpiece was available on dvd. A lengthy, historical French film worth taking the time to watch.
Published 5 months ago by Bluebell
5.0 out of 5 stars Children Of Privilege
I am fortunate to have found out about the "Children Of Paradise" film from the online recommendations of Amazon Canada. Read more
Published 8 months ago by marriedutopianstriver
4.0 out of 5 stars Very special
A film you must see. It is a fascinating mixture of fiction and reality with magnificent atmosphere, actors and sceneries.
Published 15 months ago by Christer Florman
3.0 out of 5 stars DVD Les Enfants du Paradis
Having previously seen this film and enjoyed it, I was perplexed by being unable to access the 3rd and 4th episodes. Read more
Published 23 months ago by philomath
5.0 out of 5 stars a neglected masterpiece
Arguably one of the ten gratest films ever made. We urgeltly need a blu ray version of this masterpiece. Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2012 by Hans J. van Oort
5.0 out of 5 stars A cult film and fascinating
Expect to be intrigued and finally stunned by this French classic. It has a highly unusual atmosphere and the acting is superb, especially in the mime pieces. Read more
Published on 16 Feb 2012 by Doc Barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars An enchanting epic poorly dressed
I watched this film by chance at the BF when having a free evening in London. The film was shamefully unknown to me but the 3+ hours passed all too quickly with this enchanting... Read more
Published on 28 Jan 2012 by renovelle
5.0 out of 5 stars "La vie, c'est simple !"
LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS :Marcel Carne', and an extraordinary film. I sincerely hope this masterpiece is still appreciated and enjoyed as a French supreme example in Cinema, of... Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2012 by Nora Gluckmann
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest Films Ever Made
I must admit to being absolutely gobsmacked to see that there were only 13 reviews(!) of this cinematic masterpiece. Read more
Published on 17 Nov 2011 by Keith M
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews
ARRAY(0xa78d4a80)

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category


Feedback