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1,971 Ratings

Children of Paradise

Les enfants du paradis

Directed by Marcel Carné
France, 1945


Deftly entwining theater, literature, music, and design, director Marcel Carné and screenwriter Jacques Prévert resurrect the tumultuous world of nineteenth-century Paris, teeming with hucksters and aristocrats, thieves and courtesans, pimps and seers.

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Children of Paradise Directed by Marcel Carné

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1946 | Special Mention: International Critics Award (Feature Films)

Academy Awards

1947 | Nominee: Best Writing, Original Screenplay

No matter how many times I watch this film, there is always something new. When I learned it was shot during the occupation, I concluded that film is the ultimate liberator.
July 18, 2018
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The picture is indeed vastly epic, packed with scenery and extras and meticulous set decoration (by the genius Alexandre Trauner), and yet it’s so intimate and free… it never feels trapped on set, even with the theater backdrop. The emotions here are both so fervent and even, at times, unconcernedly honest, and the characters so lived-in and of-the-world, we never doubt for a second they could exist as living breathing entities in this grand creation.
February 20, 2017
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Children of Paradise endures because it celebrates the legacy of French theater with emphatic sincerity, and apologizes neither for the literary ambition of its characterizations nor for the painterly plenitude of its visual sweep. As a refutation of totalitarianism, it’s an ageless model.
November 15, 2015
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