Children of paradise

Children of paradise

DVD - 2002 | French
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Drama about the theater and the individuals that made the stage their life. Includes the love story of four men for one woman.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Criterion Collection, c2002.
ISBN: 9781604656282
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (190 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.


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Dec 12, 2019

1945's "Children of Paradise" is definitely one of those vintage foreign films (from France) that has both its fair share of good moments, as well as its not-so-good moments, too.

But, with that said - One of this picture's most off-putting drawbacks of all was its almost intolerable 190-minute running time (which certainly proved to be quite a test of my overall patience).

If you are someone who is keenly interested in the history of French cinema (more than I am) - Then - "Children of Paradise" may, indeed, prove to be a surprisingly rewarding viewing experience for you.

Dec 05, 2019

"Children Of Paradise" is a 1945 French production that has a grueling 3-hour-10-minute running time.

Aside from a few interesting moments (here & there) - I'm tellin' ya - This picture (set in early-19th century Paris) could've easily been edited down to 2 hours in length and that would've in no way marred its story (about thieves, pimps, harlots, aristocrats, and hucksters) by one iota.

Anyway - I suggest that you you watch "Children Of Paradise" for yourself and see if you can sit through it, enraptured, without fidgeting and finding your attention wandering off elsewhere.

Sep 10, 2015

Rather long, but well written and character and relationship driven, with little to no arresting imagery. None of the characters' plots resolve - it all loose ends.

Jul 08, 2014

Completely fantastic film that is genuinely heartwrenching without once descending into melodrama--and never once makes you feel like you are watching a 3+ hour period piece about a French mime. To watch this is to be reminded of what a real movie is capable.

Jun 03, 2014

A French film classic and one of the most marvelous pieces of cinema ever made. A delight. French title is Les Enfants du Paradis and was featured on Saturday Night at the Movies by my late friend Elwy Yost.

peteman125 Mar 26, 2013

Often cited as the greatest French film ever made, Children of Paradise is an epic yet personal tour de force. Treat yourself to a monumental viewing experience. Paradise refers to the upper or balcony section of the audience in the theatre where some of the action takes place.

SilkyNara Mar 12, 2013

The Villain proves to be honorable. The Hero is, first, clueless and then brutal. The love interest interests lie only on herself. The wife?A masochist? Somehow, I didn't get the reference to paradise.


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