Poetic realism reaches sublime heights with Children of Paradise (Les enfants du paradis), the ineffably witty tale of a woman loved by four different men. Deftly entwining theater, literature, music, and design, director Marcel Carné and screenwriter Jacques Prévert resurrect the tumultuous world of 19th-century Paris, teeming with hucksters and aristocrats, thieves and courtesans, pimps and seers. The Criterion Collection is proud to present this milestone of cinema in a new high-definition film transfer made from the restored negative.
Commentary by film scholar Brian Stonehill
Commentary by film scholar Charles Affron
Video introduction by director Terry Gilliam
Jacques Prévert's film treatment
Production designs by Alexandre Trauner
Production stills gallery
Filmographies for Marcel Carné and Jacques Prévert