Released internationally as “the French answer to Gone with the Wind”, LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS never ceased to enchant and inspire audiences worldwide with its engrossing tale of rivalry, betrayal and unrequited love.
13 November, 19.00
LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS (Children of Paradise)
Marcel Carné | 1945 | 182 min
With Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault and Pierre Brasseur.
Staged in 1830s Paris, LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS tells the tragic love story of the mime artist Baptiste and former prostitute Garance, who has recently joined the theatre company of the Funambules Theatre. Garance is also being courted by three other men: the young actor Frederick, the notorious criminal Lacenaire and a wealthy aristocrat, the Count de Montray. When she becomes implicated in one of Lacenaire’s criminal exploits, Garance finds herself forced to choose among the men who want her.
Carné’s epic of early 19th-century love is widely regarded as one of the most memorable films ever produced.
Filmed in Nazi occupied France under extremely difficult production conditions and censorship control, this ambitious masterpiece marked the pinnacle of the creative collaboration between director Marcel Carné and poet/screenwriter Jacques Prevert.
The film took over two years to be completed and was finally released after the Liberation of France, to become an instant success. The film’s poetic sentimentalism and its dramatic hymn to freedom and beauty resonated perfectly with the new found pride of the nation.
“I have made 23 films, well, I would swap them all for the chance to have made Les Enfants du Paradis.” – Francois Truffaut
Serie les Maîtres du Cinema
A celebration of French cinema through the masterpieces of its most renowned directors.
Every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at Uitkijk Cinema.
All films are screened in 35mm, with English subtitles.
Presented in collaboration with Maison Descartes Institut Francais.