Children Of Paradise: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1945) / Region A
Children Of Paradise: The Criterion Collection

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Children Of Paradise: The Criterion Collection

Poetic realism reached sublime heights with Children of Paradise, widely considered one of the greatest French films of all time. This nimble depiction of nineteenth-century Paris's theatrical demimonde, filmed during World War II, follows a mysterious woman (Arletty) loved by four different men (all based on historical figures): an actor, a criminal, a count, and, most poignantly, a street mime (Jean-Louis Barrault, in a longing-suffused performance for the ages). With sensitivity and dramatic élan, director Marcel Carné and screenwriter Jacques Prévert resurrect a world teeming with hucksters and aristocrats, thieves and courtesans, pimps and seers. Thanks to a major new restoration, this iconic classic looks and sounds richer and more detailed than ever.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Jun 18 2012
  • Production Year 1945
  • Empire SKU 1618708
  • UPC Code 715515098311
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging HD
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


Disc One:
Audio Commentaries By Film Scholars Brian Stonehill and Charles Affron

Disc Two:
Video Introduction by Director Terry Gilliam
Restoration Demonstration
U.S. Trailer
Once Upon A Time: Children Of Paradise a 2009 Documentary On The Making Of The Film
New Visual Essay On The Design Of Children Of Paradise By Film Writer Paul Ryan
The Birth Of Children Of Paradise, a 1967 Rob Houwer Film Documentary Featuring Interviews With Director Marcel Carne, Actors Arletty, Jean-Louise Barrault, and Pierre Brasseur, Production Designer Alexandre Trauner; and Others
Booklet Featuring An Essay By Film Scholar Dudley Andrew and Excerpts From a 1990 Interview With Carne


  • Audio
    French Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.37:1 Color

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