Children of Paradise

Dir. Marcel Carné. 1945, 190 mins. DCP. Presented with one intermission. In French with English subtitles. With Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur. An actor, a shady criminal, a count, and a mime all vie for the hand of a beautiful and enigmatic woman in Carné’s epic yet intimate vision of nineteenth-century Paris, set in a meticulously recreated boulevard du Crime. This enormously moving example of classic storytelling has been deemed by a fair share of critics the greatest achievement of pre–New Wave French cinema, and now it looks better than ever thanks to an incredible new digital restoration.

Free with Museum admission.