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    Children of Paradise (Les Enfants du Paradis) (Pathé Consortium Cinéma, 1945). French Grande (46" X 61.5") Part II.
    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 two 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. Featuring beautiful portraits of stars Arletty and Jean-Louis Barrault, this lovely piece has had touchup applied to the folds, and there are a few unaddressed pinholes and small splices in the borders. Very Fine- on Linen.


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