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Children of Paradise

Top 10 French Movies

A scene from Children of Paradise, one of the best French movies ever made

Children of Paradise (Les Enfants du Paradis); 1945

Filmed during the German Nazi occupation of France during World War II in Nice and released in the United States in 1945, Marcel Carné's tragic love story revolves around the beautiful Garance and her four admirers: a mime, an actor, a criminal and an aristocrat. Set in the Parisian theater scene of the early 1800s, the three-hour film has a dream-like quality that continues to capture audiences even today.


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