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Les Enfants Du Paradis - The Restored Edition (2 discs, limited edition packaging) [DVD] [1945]

4.6 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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  • Directors: Marcel Carne
  • Format: PAL
  • 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: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Second Sight Films
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Sept. 2012
  • Run Time: 182 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008BFT2AU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,175 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

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.

BONUS FEATURES:
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)
The Restoration
Restoration - Before and After Limited Edition Packaging

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By Rough Diamond TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Jan. 2013
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OK, the 'restoration' isn't perfect, but this set is still the best available option if you want to own this film. And, quite frankly, why wouldn't you? Beautifully scripted, beautifully acted and beautifully directed, this is possibly the most romantic, most uplifting and most French film ever made. There's simply no better way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon than to snuggle down on a comfy sofa with this and a large box of chocs. Even if you think 3-hour black and white subtitled films aren't really your thing, especially if they feature extended sequences of mime, all I can say is.. prepare to be astonished! I honestly think it's humanly impossible to watch this film and not absolutely adore it.
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This remains one of the best movies ever made. The restored edition (contrary to the opinion of one reviewer) is a huge improvement on the old, poor-quality version and represents a vastly better viewing experience which is considerably enhanced by the informative documentaries etc. included on the 2nd disc.
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I have watched the restored version and yes there is improvement in the quality of the film but for me the most important thing is the extra information I am given through the special features which consider the character and the life of director, Marcel Carne, and of the screenwriter and cinephotographers. All of interest. Also analyses of action and character within the fim were educational for me; I had not picked up from the film that Lacenaire was homosexual.Why then does he favour Garance with such attention, to the point of considering the murder of all other suitors?.
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.
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Held back from release until the liberation of France in 1945, this remarkable, deeply moving ‘must-see’ film – set in the glittering world of the 19th century and made in 1943 by a team of Jewish artisans right under the noses of the Gestapo - uses the foil of a courtesan (kept woman) Garance – who has several ‘life choices’ presented before her from four men who compete for her affections, to tell a wonderful story about the intertwined lives of society and the people that shape a society.

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.
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This release uses the same "remaster" hatchet job that Criterion used! Pathe gave it a complete DNR butt-rape! The image is a waxy, smeared abomination! Avoid at all costs!
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Excellent movie and background information on how it was made in very hard circumstances. The story line is captivating, goes from light and amusing to a deep insight into human predicaments and relationships. A continuing theme of unrequited love and broken hearts while showing the political situation in France at the time.
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in my personal 'initial top ten' if there can ever really be such a thing... a film i frequently return to as it was seminal in my personal development with film culture... i bought this version for the extras and again the criterion version also for its alternate extras... others that would also be included in this idea of a topten seminal experience are 'un chant d'amour' 'orphee' 'the innocents' 'letter from an unknown woman' 'vertigo' 'the trial' 'despair' and everything else by rainer werner fassbinder... and the the films of herzog, welles, antonioni, and back to marcel carne's other films and poetic realism from the 30's and onto all the other weavings in film culture...
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