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Les Enfants Du Paradis

Dir: Marcel Carné
Cast: Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur
189mins   1945   France   PG   French    Subtitled   

Introduced by Tom Oliver

A 1945 French epic romantic drama film made during the German occupation of France during World War II. Set against the Parisian theatre scene of the 1820s and 1830s, it tells the story of a beautiful courtesan, Garance, and the four men who love her in their own ways: a mime artist, an actor, a criminal and an aristocrat.

The leading nouvelle vague director François Truffaut once said: "I would give up all my films to have directed Children of Paradise", and, in "The Duke in His Domain" (1957) by Truman Capote, actor Marlon Brando called it "maybe the best movie ever made". The film was voted "Best Film Ever" in a poll of 600 French critics and professionals in 1995.

Screened with an intermission.