Les Enfants du Paradis

Les Enfants du Paradis

A film with dazzling dialogues that remain etched into our collective memory and an unforgettable cast, Les Enfants du Paradis is the most beautiful film by the famous Carné/Prévert duo. The book, published on the occasion of the first major exhibition devoted to Les Enfants du Paradis at the Cinémathèque Française, aims to showcase exceptional documents that have been rediscovered for the occasion. Posters, drawings, photos from the set, colour photographs, publicity materials, costumes, scripts, correspondence, film extracts, drawings and paintings by Alexandre Trauner the set designer, gouache by Mayo the costume designer and more. The book provides experts’ accounts and reveals the sources of inspiration for the film, relating the story of production under the Occupation, describing the complex relationship between Carné and Prévert; without forgetting portraits of the actors, technicians and producers; the music; and the promotion and distribution of the film, which continues to garner international success and is now listed as World Heritage by UNESCO.

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Texts: Carole Aurouet, Hervé Joly, Stéphane Lerouge, Laurent Mannoni, Pascal Ory, Stéphanie Salmon and Serge Toubiana.


Copublished with the Cinémathèque Française and the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé

Hardback with dust cover

230 × 285 mm

264 pages

300 black-and-white and colour documents


48,00 €

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