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Cinema: Les Enfants du Paradis
Showing Fri 18 Nov to Thu 24 November
Often featuring on all-time-best lists, Marcel Carné’s portrait of the Boulevard du Crime in the early 19th century is a sublime romance, miraculously made during the Nazi Occupation.Charting the fortunes of various actors, aristocrats, aficionados and villains frequenting Paris’s theatrical district – many wooing the devil-may-care Garance (Arletty) – the rich, wonderfully engrossing tale of professional and personal rivalries, murky intrigue and unrequited passion explores, to brilliantly witty effect, the crucial role played by different kinds of performance in all aspects of everyday life… but most especially in matters of the heart.
Inspired by real events and colourful characters, the film is not merely a masterclass in great acting but a breathtaking achievement on every front, from the superb cinematography and sets to Carné’s deft elaboration of the sheer genius of Jacques Prévert’s script. All are enhanced in this glittering new digital restoration.