LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS

CHILDREN OF PARADISE

By Marcel CARNÉ

THE FESTIVAL AGENCY - as FEST

Drama - Completed 1945

Paris under Louis Philippe, Boulevard du Crime.

Love and death played out among the actors and buffoons. From here, the love shared by the beautiful Garance and the mime Jean-Baptiste Debureau is ever countered by a fickle destiny.

Around them, other fates are decided - that of the dandy and mur

    • Year of production
    • 1945
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • FRANCE
    • Languages
    • FRENCH
    • Duration
    • 182 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Marcel CARNÉ
    • Writer(s)
    • Jacques PREVERT
    • Producer(s)
    • Raymond BORDERIE (PATHE PRODUCTION)
    • Synopsis
    • This tale centers around the love between Baptiste, a theater mime, and Claire Reine, an actress and otherwise woman-about-town who calls herself Garance. Garance, in turn, is loved by three other men: Frederick, a pretentious actor; Lacenaire, a conniving thief; and Count Edouard of Montray. The story is further complicated by Nathalie, an actress who is in love with Baptiste. Garance and Baptiste meet when Garance is falsely accused of stealing a man's watch. Garance is forced to enter the protection of Count Edouard when she is innocently implicated in a crime committed by Lacenaire. In the intervening years of separation, both Garance and Baptiste become involved in loveless relationships with the Count and Nathalie, respectively. Baptiste is the father of a son. Returning to Paris, Garance finds that Baptiste has become a famous mime actor. Nathalie sends her child to foil their meeting, but Baptiste and Garance manage one night together. Lacenaire murders Edouard. In the last scenes, Garance is returning to Edouard's hotel and disaster as Baptiste struggles after her through crowds of merrymakers, many dressed as his famous character.
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