Les Enfants Du Paradis details
|Formats:||PG DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Jean-Louis Barrault, Maria Casares, Pierre Renoir, Louis Salon, Pierre Brasseur, Arletty|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Studio:||SECOND SIGHT FILMS LTD.|
Les Enfants Du Paradis
|Run time:||3 hours 1 minute|
|Rental release:||18 Sep 2000|
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PerfectionBy Kane from London , 28 Jul 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]If the idea of watching a three hour, black and white epic in French about actors does not appeal to you, think again and shove this in your player. Told in two parts, the film is a beautiful, lyrical and suprisingly sophisticated film that has become the blueprint for romantic dramas ever since. Marcel Carne perfectly evokes the hand-to-mouth lives of a group of performers and, thanks to Jean Louise Barrault's performance as melancholic mime artist Baptiste, the film transcends drama and becomes a moving and poetic portrait of a soul whose regret is a heavy burden throughout his life. Truly wonderful!
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Les enfants du ParadisBy a customer from Rotherhithe ,London , 22 Feb 2010Yes a great old classic film. Although entertaining and funny throughout I found it a little too long and think it could have been summarised a little. Great characters and acting, and the theatre scenes also good to watch.
Worth a watch but I don't think it is my favourite French film of all time.
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A paradise of a filmBy doubtfulguest (3 reviews) from London , 19 Aug 2009I bought the DVD immediately after watching it- beautiful in every way: acting, story, characters and a script with words , sentences and dialogue to die for.
Up in the gods.By a customer from London , 24 Jun 2009In French 'le paradis' is the upper balcony in a theatre house. The children who are 'up in the gods' are the children of theatre, of art, but also the voice of the nation, the little men and women whose dreams can change the world, inspire others and make a real difference.
All of them illustrate different human types that revolve around the idea of theatre as an image of life, and of life as an on-going theatrical enterprise.
Set in the revolutionary period of 1830-40 Paris, the story is simple, bold: a melodrama with clear-cut characters, stereotypical if you will, yet full wonderfully acted, swarming with life and humanity.
Frederick, the boisterous dandy, France's very own Wilde, loud and sensuous and flippant, embodies the joie du vivre, the pleasure principle. Baptiste, the melancholic mime artist, stands for that vulnerable and haunting poetic vein, permanently unsatisfied. Pierre François is a criminal, a rough an ready dodgy type, a thief and a murderer. Edouard is an aristocrat, proud and prejudiced. They all pursue Garance, the great lady and the courtesan, an outstanding performance. Garance is all things rolled into one: the femme fatale, the motherland, the spirit of the revolution, the independent indomitable spirit of humanity, a larger than life figure that seems to step out of a 1930s chanson.
And you also get plenty of action. Things happen all the time to these lifes as they strife to rise above their humble origins in a rollercoaster of sexual antics, duels, danger, artistic recognition, and many simple events that eventually take on a broader, symbolic meaning.
The outdoor shots are fantastic. The actors are top-notch. The film was beautifully shot during the occupation of Paris by the Nazis, 'Les enfants du Paradis' is an inspiring cinematic experience. Watch it now.
NOT 'Au Revoir Les Enfants'!By a customer from London , 12 Jan 2009Well, my bad, as they say. I'd been recommended this and had it on my lists. However, getting home Friday night to watch it I found it was not Au Revoir Les Enfants, also set during World War II, but another movie altogether.
It gets five stars in many a review, so fine, but it looked so creaky in faded black and white that made Laughton's The Hunchback of Notre Dame look like Dream Racer in comparison, I had to give up on it two minutes in and read a book.
Not bad for its age!By a customer from Dollar , 23 Oct 2008Very interesting and fascinating! The French stars were great! Looked like a real classic of French Cinema.