Once Upon a time… Children of Paradise

Un film de Julie Bonan

Film director : Julie Bonan
Authors : Julie Bonan, Serge July, Marie Genin
Camera Thomas Bataille, Thomas Faverjon
Sound Florent Ravalec
Film Editor Raphaëlle Urtin, Martine Giordano
Runtime : 52 minutes
Aspect ratio :  Beta num. 16/9
Language : Frenche, English
Broadcasters : France 5, TCM, TSR, YLE, SBS


Edward Baron Turk historian
Gérard Fromanger

paintre, Prévert’s friend

Michel Souvais  Arletty’s secretary, biographer
Claude Brasseur actor, Pierre Brasseur’s son
Jean-Roger Bontemps Film’s electrician
Pascal Ory historian
Bertrand Tavernier Filmmaker



Gaumont Pathé archives

Collection Pathé – tournage des “Enfants du Paradis”

Documents de l’Institut National de l’Audiovisuel

(tous droits réservés)

Apostrophes : La vie intellectuelle sous l’occupation

27/06/1975 – Réalisateur : François CHATEL

Une légende une vie : Arletty

7/12/1974 – Réalisateur : Claude-Jean PHILIPPE

Journaliste : Monique LEFEBVRE

Tête d’affiche – Pierre Brasseur : homme ou acteur

08/03/1967 – Réalisateur : Jacques NAHUM

Tête d’affiche : Lady Arletty

13/01/1969 – Réalisateur : Jacques NAHUM

Figures  : Marcel Carné

22/11/1989 – Réalisateur : Jacques BRIALY

Ciné Parade : L’usine à rêves

17/02/1982 – Réalisateur : Jean DOUCHET

Voyage surprise d’Alexandre Trauner

10/12/1993 – Réalisateur : Teri WEHN DAMISCH

Sources d’Archives Sonores : Ina Phonothèque

Les étoiles du cinéma – Arletty, l’étoile du cinéma – 01/01/1988

Marcel Carné’s Children of Paradise is released in 1945.

Portrait of a film : filmed during the Occupation, Marcel Carné draws out the filming so that it would be the first movie projected at the moment of Liberation. At its release, Children of Paradise is declared “the best French film of all time” by every jury. It is also a triumph around the world.

Portrait of an era : the filming blends movie workers who are indifferent to current events, Resistance fighters, Jewish clandestines working under assumed names, and Nazi collaborators. The film is partially inspired by the life and times of Arletty. When the film is released, Arletty is in prison for having lived with a German Colonel. At its release, the film is a story of national reconciliation around the idea of French “esprit” : artists are the tightrope-walkers of history, and because of their elevation, always pardoned.

Portrait of a director : for ten years, until their separation in 1947, Marcel Carné and Jacques Prévert invented a style of cinema : poetic realism. Children of Paradise is its apogee.