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Les Enfants Du Paradis - The Restored Edition (2 discs, limited edition packaging) [DVD] 
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Voted 'The best French film ever made' by the French Film Academy, Les Enfants Du Paradis is a film of dazzling proportions and following a meticulous restoration now looks and sounds as never before.
Set amidst the glittering theatre world of 19th century Paris, the story revolves around the beautiful and free-spirited courtesan, Garance, and the four men who compete for her affections: a mime-artist, an actor, an aristocrat and a criminal. As the melodrama unfolds, we are treated to one of cinema's greatest love stories, a captivating tale of passion, deception and murder.
Theatre, Love and War: Making Les Enfants du Paradis - a new 55 minute documentary film about the making of Les Enfants Du Paradis and the collaboration of diretor Marcel Carne, writer Jacques Prevert and set designer Alexandre Trauner Once Upon A Time...Les Enfants Du Paradis (52 mins)
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This film is my favourite film. I have seen it perhaps 20 times and I find it brilliant in every way. The sets are the most real I have seen in any film, of any genre; the acting is first rate; the script is superb and probes character,to reveal the shallow and the profound, and the development of the plot, and final denouement are quite extraordinary. There's lots of humour within the film too so whatever aspect of film work one is concentrating on, there is much to enjoy. My only gripe - the story hasn't ended. Garance walks away but her lover is dead, although she doesn't know it, so will she leave Paris (which she loves) or will she return to her mime artist, who is the love of her life, notwithstanding his wife and little boy. Another French film with the plot not fully resolved.
The whole film has you on the edge of your seat from the opening moments – and the fabulous performances from the mime artist chasing Garance’s affections just blows you away. As to the cinematography – it is breathtaking. Here we see the streets of ‘old’ Paris and the behaviour of people of different classes cleverly contrasted in a world of theatre enjoyed by ALL classes.
In the theatre we see the juxtaposition of the rich and famous occupying the LOWER part of the theatre contrasted against the LOWER classes towering high above the elite occupying the seats up in the ‘gods’ of the theatre and enjoying a better experience than their snobbish ‘holier than thou’ comrades and companions forever ‘shushing’ the people occupying the upper tiers to be quiet – and so the contrataunts begin.
But then dear reader the message goes much deeper (even deeper than that) as we enter the backstage world of the theatre – a menacing sinister world full of petty jealousies; cat fights; and dark deeds where we meet and exchange familiarity with characters from every walk of life that paint every aspect of the ‘inner reality’ of the human condition.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A French classic. I wanted it because I like Arletty and adore Jean Louis Barrault. The treatment of the story is a bit dated.Published 5 months ago by Mrs. D. M. Saintebarbe-ward
Best French film of all, Maybe Best film of all time. I love the story, Acting, nice blu ray qualityPublished 6 months ago by My comments