Once Upon a Time... Les Enfants du Paradis & Le Mepris

A behind-the-scenes look at two classic French films and the era in which they were created. "Les Enfants du Paradis" ("Children of Paradise") (1945) - Regularly voted as the finest French film ever made and one of the top three films of all time. A magical, yet somewhat black piece of escapism set in 19th century Paris, a deeply romantic and theatrical tour-de-force. The film was made by Marcel Carne and Jacques Prevert in 1943 during the golden age of French cinema under the German occupation of France. Featuring archival interviews with French legends Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault and Pierre Brasseur, as well as original contributions from Bertrand Tavernier and Edward Turk amongst others. "Le Mepris" ("Contempt") (1963) - At the height of the French New Wave, director Jean-Luc Godard procured Brigitte Bardot for a big-budget film which was not quite what the investors were expecting. Filmed in lavish Cinemascope and Technicolor, but often shot with a handheld camera, the film pushed boundaries and appalled traditionalists. Featuring extensive contributions from Godard and Michel Piccoli and archive interviews with Bardot and Fritz Lang.

Year: 2009
Genre: Film On Film
Country: France
Director: Antoine de Gaudemar, Julie Bonan
Starring: Arletty, Brigitte Bardot, Jack Palance, Jean-Louis Barrault, Michel Piccoli, Pierre Brasseur, Fritz Lang, Georgia Moll
Duration: 104 Minutes
Rating: PG
Location in store: Documentary (Film On Film)



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