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Les enfants du Paradis 5: Rehearsals are not going well September 20, 2006

Posted by Jeff in 1929 through WWII, Children of Paradise, Movies, Theater.

What do the following movies have in common?

They were all designed by the amazing Alexandre Trauner (1906-1993). Trauner, who was Jewish, spent the Occupation in hiding and had to work on the film in secret (as did composer Joseph Kosma and many others in the cast and crew).

In today’s clip, Frédérick Lemaître (Pierre Brasseur) clashes with the authors of his latest play:

It’s worth nothing that all four of the major male characters in Les Enfants du Paradis are based on real people. Frédérick Lemaître (1800-1879) appeared in a melodrama, L’Auberge des Arts, that was so badly received that starting the second night he played it as farce; it became his biggest success.

Speaking of designers, obviously this guy must have been in the audience that night.

More of Les Enfants du Paradis.

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