Trailer of the Day: Children of Paradise

Children of Paradise

“Generally considered among French, if not world, cinema’s greatest accomplishments, Carné’s film features not only grand settings but an extraordinary assemblage of actors—Étienne Decroux, who taught mime art to Marcel Marceau and Jean-Louis Barrault; Pierre Brasseur; Pierre Renoir; Maria Casares; Arletty; and more. The script, based on a mélange of French literary sources (to be discussed in class), centers on four admirers who court actress Garance (Arletty): a mime, an actor, a duke, and a killer. While she gives something of herself to each, she loves only the pure, naïve, romantic mime. Yet she renounces him on the touching plea of a boy wanting his father back. A fable-like tale soaked in the blood of dark 18th-century intrigue.”—PF (195 mins.)

CHILDREN OF PARADISE screens on Wednesday, April 17 at 6:30p.m. in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our Literature Into Film series.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

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