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    Children of Paradise (Les Enfants du Paradis) (Pathé-Cinema, 1945). French Grande (44" X 62.5"). Part 1: "Le Boulevard du Crime."
    During Nazi occupation of France, it was ruled that no film would run longer than 120 minutes in length. This most famous French film has a running time of approximately 191 minutes, longer than any other French film to that date, and the director, Marcel Carné, would have it no other way. The distributors were caught between a rock and a hard place, though the Nazi rule was definitely on the decline by March of 1945, when this film was planning release. The distributors decided they would cut the film into two parts and run it in separate cinemas across the street from each other, thus making more money and satisfying the Nazi regime. This poster was produced as part one for that split showing. The film was eventually released as a whole at the insistence of Carné and writer Jacques Prévert, who negotiated an economic plan involving higher priced ticket sales, no intermission break, and advanced seat booking, which had never been done before. This is the more rare of the two beautiful country-of-origin, original posters and has art by the famous French artist Bernard Lancy. He was in charge of the French Syndicate of Poster Designers during this time period and would produce posters for many other French classics such as La Grande Illusion and Le Jour se Leve. The poster is mounted on thin European linen that has been trimmed to the border and there has been touchup to the folds. Pinholes in the corners and a tear in the top border can be detected, but overall the piece displays very well. Fine/Very Fine on Linen.


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