Children of Paradise
About Children of Paradise
Positioned in this American trailer as the French answer to Gone With the Wind, Marcel Carne’s two-part,three hour meditation on the 19th century theater world (paradis is the name for the gallery, the second balcony) was voted Best Film Ever in a poll of Gallic critics and celebrities in 1995. Nonetheless it is not widely known today, despite a sterling restored DVD release from Criterion in 2002. Michael Peyser details the astonishing production history of this fact-based classic, which was nearly released as two separate films and was shot with much difficulty during the German occupation of France .