WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange Classic Film Festival continues Sunday, January 13, at 2:00 pm at the Essex Green AMC Movie Theater, 495 Prospect Avenue. This week's film is Children of Paradise, a Critic's Choice pick for the Festival.
A tragic French epic considered a classic romantic film, Children of Paradise takes as its setting a theater troupe in Paris during the 19th century, but was actually filmed during the last years of World War II. In the troupe, a mime (Jean-Louis Barrault) falls in love with an actress in the company, but must vie for her affections with others, including a thief, an actor, and an influential count. When the actress is accused of theft, the mime exonerates her with a bravura performance for the prefect. Eventually, though, the actress must flee Paris under protection of the count after being mixed up in a crime with the thief, leaving the smitten mime heartbroken. In the intervening years, both become involved with others, the actress with the count and the mime with the daughter of the theater owner, eventually having a child. Both couples are unhappy, and although the mime rises above the poverty-stricken neighborhood where he has honed his trade and becomes wildly successful, he still pines away for the love of his life. Eventually the two lovers are meant to meet again, but their storybook ending may yet elude them. The film boasts a picaresque squalor drawn from the time in which it was set, highlighting the tenacious romance at its core. Children of Paradise has a melancholy feeling both authentic and immediate, a romance with moments of pure magic. --Robert Lane
A discussion will take place after the viewing. Tickets are $10.00 and may be purchased online at: http://www.fandango.com.
The West Orange Arts Council (WOAC) also offers yearly memberships. A 25% discount is given to members off the $10.00 ticket price. A 10% discount at Jerry's Art Outlet, along with other benefits and programs, are alsooffered. Memberships are:
$10 Senior (individual)
$50 Art Organization
Play a part in the Arts! Join at http://woartscouncil.org.