I thought I'd do a post today about a film that transcends time and place. Les Enfants du Paradis. If you have already seen this film you'll understand why it's so special. If you haven't seen it, I present to you several reasons why it is a must see.
1) It's absolutely beautiful to look at! Set in Paris of the early 1800s the story revolves around the theatre district of Boulevard du Temples and in particular the Funambules theatre. It is here that the beautiful actress Garance is courted by four admirers: a mime, an actor, a thief and an aristocrat. The scenes on stage are particularly lovely.
2) It's long, 195 minutes, so you can really immerse yourself in the story and the world of the theatre. The story takes its time to develop and there are other intriguing characters you get to meet aside from the main ensemble. The story which essentially explores the theme of the nature of love and relationships is poetic and gentle with flashes of humour and wit thrown in for good measure.
3) The behind the scenes making of this great film are just as compelling as the film itself. Shot in Paris and Nice during the Nazi occupation, its Jewish designer and composer worked from hiding. Carné, the director, was forced to hire pro-Nazis collaborators who didn't suspect they were working along side resistance fighters.
4) Well, they just don't make films like that anymore. It's been called the French "Gone With the Wind". That alone should give you an indication of its beauty, tragedy and scale!
I wish everyone a super happy week ahead!