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Les Enfants du Paradis

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2271

Made during the Nazi occupation of France, Les Enfants Du Paradis shows actors in a Parisian working class theatre.

It is set in 1840, when only theatres for the rich were allowed to perform plays where the actors spoke. But here the poor pack in for raucous evenings of mime and farce.

It focuses on the reserved yet adventurous Garance and the men that love her, and charts the humour and tragedy of art and human relationships.

The Nazis banned films of over 90 minutes, so this three-hour film is split into two parts.

This restoration brings the black and white film into a sharp, bright and at times overwhelming delight.

director Marcel Carne
Remastered. In cinemas from 11 November

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Tue 27 Sep 2011, 19:00 BST
Issue No. 2271
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