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Author Forbes, Jill.

Title Les enfants du paradis / Jill Forbes
Published London : British Film Institute, 1997


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 W'BOOL  791.4372 For/Led  AVAILABLE
Description 78 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
regular print
Series BFI film classics
BFI film classics.
Contents Genesis of the Film -- An Alternative Cultural Strategy -- History and Fiction -- Carne, Barrault, Prevert - Les veritables auteurs du crime -- The Theatre in Les Enfants du paradis -- The Performer as Hero: Frederick and Debureau -- Theatre as Memory and Repetition -- Gender and Genre: The Politics of Identity -- The Viewer from Flaneur to Voyeur -- The World Turned Upside Down
Summary Jill Forbes examines how, at a time of crisis, the film reimagined the history of France. Although Les Enfant du paradis is escapist, even fantastic, Forbes finds in it a radical, counter-cultural sensibility concerned with destabilising social hierarchies and prescribed sexual roles and questioning the opposition between life and art. Vibrant, joyous but also touched by melancholy, the film combines the traditions of high culture and popular theatre to remarkable effect
Les Enfants du paradis, a magnificent picaresque saga of Parisian street life and popular culture, has been called the greatest film ever made. Completed during the Occupation, it nevertheless boasted the largest set ever to have been built in a French studio, a crowd of extras and, under the direction of Marcel Carne, some of the most accomplished technicians and actors available (including Arletty and Jean-Louis Barrault as the central couple doomed to remain apart)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page 78)
Credits Director, Marcel Carne ; Writer, Jacques Prevert
Subject Carné, Marcel.
Enfants du paradis (Motion picture)
Motion pictures -- France.
Paris (France) -- In motion pictures.
Author Carné, Marcel.
Prévert, Jacques, 1900-1977.
British Film Institute.
LC no. 97216128
ISBN 0851703658 (paperback)