DVD Children of Paradise [DVD Boxset] [Criterion Collection] [1991] [2 discs] [Multilingual] (DVD 56406),
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Children of Paradise [DVD Boxset] [Criterion Collection] [1991] [2 discs] [Multilingual]

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 2 discs
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • The film was shot during World War II, in occupied France; because both the composer Joseph Kosma and the art director Alexandre Trauner were Jewish, they could not work openly on the film. Kosma used the pseudonym Georges Mouqu in the credits for pantomime music. Additional credits: Leon Barsacq and Raymond Gabutti (set decorators); Antoine Mayo (costume design); Societ des Concerts du Conservatoire (music performers); Robert Teisseire (sound editor); and Jacques Carrre (sound recordist). The Home Vision Cinema VHS version is unabridged and fully restored, digitally remastered with newly translated subtitles. The Voyager/Criterion laserdisc (CC1249L) includes: Audio commentary by film scholar Brian Stonehill An interview with director Marcel Carn The original film treatment and production photographs A study of French painting's influence on the film
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CHI130

  • Credits
    Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur, Maria Casares, Maria Casars
  • Critic Reviews
    "...One of the few films that has the durability and emotional texture of a great 19th-Century novel. As a piece of romantic/dramatic cinema, its peers are few, its superiors quite simply nonexistent..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...It's paradise to see the film's famed Boulevard of Crime -- 1840s Paris as street carnival -- rendered with revived sparkle after its negative's 57-year workout..."
    USA Today

    "...One of the glories of cinema....The film celebrates freedom of spirit with passion..."
    Total Film

    "...The film is both epic in scope and intimate in focus....The lead actors are superb..."
    Sight and Sound

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