Les Enfants du Paradis (1943)

Film, Drama
Les Enfants du Paradis

Time Out says

The 100 best French films

Director : Marcel Carné

This film ranked #3 in Time Out's list of the 100 greatest French films. Click here to see the full list.

In Marcel Carné’s rich, literary romance from 1945 ('France's answer to "Gone with the Wind'!"), four men tussle for the affections of one woman, the conflicted, sphinx-like Garence (Carné regular Arletty), an ice maiden in the league of Marlene Dietrich who, in nearly every shot, has her eyes masked by a beam of light. Such ethereal, delicately cinematic touches add to a film which is content to let a dazzling, witty script (by Jacques Prévert), sumptuous set design and exceptional performers lend the fiction its lifeblood.

 

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