Children of Paradise
Drama • NR • 1945 • 3 hr 11 min
No otther film is like it. Art, freedom, talent, creativity, difference, how theatre people are otherworldly so they create their own.
The "plays within the movie" were transportive. The movie itself felt stretched the fraying point. Tightened up, this could've been poetry.
Not remarkable enough to justify the length, but charming enough to keep you watching.
A group of Anglican nuns, led by Sister Clodagh, are sent to a mountain in the Himalayas. The climate in the region is hostile and the nuns are housed in an odd old palace. They work to establish a school and a hospital, but slowly their focus shifts. Sister Ruth falls for a government worker, Mr. Dean, and begins to question her vow of celibacy. As Sister Ruth obsesses over Mr. Dean, Sister Clodagh becomes immersed in her own memories of love.
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Abandoned by his prostitute mother in 1920, Douzi was raised by a theater troupe. There he meets Shitou and over the following years the two develop an act entitled "Farewell My Concubine" that brings them fame and fortune. When Shitou marries Juxian, Douzi becomes jealous, the beginnings of the acting duo's explosive breakup and tragic fall take root.
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