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Film: Children of Paradise

Two of Marcel Carné’s most famous works of poetic realism have been rereleased in bright new digital cinema prints. With special thanks to Rialto Pictures and Janus Film Collection.

A celebration of theatrical life on the famous Boulevard du Crime—once the site of small playhouses (including Théâtre des Funambules) where Parisians strolled nightly, until the city was rebuilt in the 1860s—the tale unfolds around a romantic rivalry for the love of Garance (Arletty), adored courtesan of the boulevard. Several characters are based on historical figures, including the Bohemian-French mime Jean-Gaspard Deburau known as Baptiste (Jean-Louis Barrault). Marred for many years by poor or incomplete commercial prints, Les enfants du paradis has been digitally restored to its full black-and-white brilliance. (1945, DCP, French with subtitles, 163 minutes)

Event begins at 2:00PM

Categories: Film, Theater, Arts

Event Venue

National Gallery of Art, East Building

4th and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington 20565

For more information:

  • Sunday, December 30, 2012

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