by Syrah for The Parisian Post
Marcel Carné’s French classic Children of Paradise (1945) has often cited as one of the greatest films ever made. From the 24th of October until the 27th of January, the Cinémathèque française presents a masterpiece classified at the UNESCO World Heritage . Written by Jacques Prévert, it is one of the most famous French movies in the world.
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Punctuated by numerous film excerpts, the exhibition will present original documents such as posters, drawings, production stills, publicity materials, costumes, cameras, stereoscopic views, assorted objects, scripts, correspondence, models, rushes, props. The extremely rich and varied collection of La Cinémathèque française and Pathé, the film producer, allows for a dynamic, entertaining and instructive presentation.
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 mime (Jean-Louis Barrault, in a longing-suffused performance for the ages).
The script is witty, the desperate “Joie de vivre” is present during the whole movie and represented by the best actors of that time such as Pierre Brasseur, Maria Casarès, Pierre Renoir, Louis Salou and Marcel Herrand.
You have now (and until January 27 2013, so hurry up!) the opportunity to see the newly 4k restored film, digitally projected in the Cinémathèque française on 5 November, 20h30, €6.50. More information here.
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