France, 1945, 163 min, 4K DCP, Dir. Marcel Carné, Not Rated, Janus Films, French with English Subtitles
"From the time it was made until now, decade after decade, this film holds up as a masterpiece." – Woody Allen
Poetic realism reaches sublime heights with Children of Paradise, the ineffably witty tale of an actress (Arletty) loved by a theater mime (Jean-Louis Barrault) and three other men. Deftly entwining theater, literature, music, and design, director Marcel Carné and screenwriter Jacques Prevert resurrect the tumultuous world of nineteenth-century Paris, teeming with hucksters and aristocrats, thieves and courtesans, pimps and seers. As its adoring fans will tell you, French Cinema's crowning achievement should not only be seen but revisited periodically to savor its inexhaustible charms. CGAC is proud to present the quinquennial of its spectacular 4K restoration from the original camera negative. The great François Truffaut once said: "I would give up all my films to have directed Children of Paradise." Adds Rene Rodríguez in The Miami Herald: "You haven't really seen Children of Paradise until you've seen it projected in a theater, where the large screen does justice to the deep-focus compositions, the elaborate art design and the transporting beauty of the movie."