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Quotations from Children of Paradise

The film Children of Paradise (also known as "Les enfants du paradis") is a romantic drama about the ill-fated love of a theater mime and an actress. After being accused of stealing a man's watch, the woman has to seek help from a Count. After several years apart, the couple meets again and find themselves wanting each other even more than before. Directed by Marcel Carné. Starring Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, and Pierre Brasseur. The film was nominated for the 1947 Oscar for Best Writing, Original Screenplay.

Below you'll find quotes from the romantic drama, Children of Paradise.


Anselme Debureau: A kick in the ass, if well delivered, is a sure laugh. It's true. There's an entire order, a science, a style of kicks in the ass.
Anselme Debureau: Novelty is as old as the hills.
Frederick: I'm dying of silence, like others die of hunger and thirst.
Baptiste: You were right, Garance. Love is simple.
Man in the audience: Shut up! We can't hear the pantomime!
Pierre-François Lacenaire: The mere thought of them killing each other, over a woman, because of me, comforts me.
Baptiste: Not only are you rich, but you want to be loved as if you are poor.
Édouard, Count de Montray: You're much too lovely to be truly loved.
Garance: Truth, but only front the neck up, it frustrated them.
Pierre-François Lacenaire: I don't love you, but you are the only women for whom I have no contempt.
Frederick: Jealousy belongs to all if a woman belongs to no one.
Director: Act! Act! You have the wrong place. We are not allowed to act here. We walk on our hands! And you know why? They bully us. If we put on plays, they'd have to close their great, noble theaters! Their public is bored to death by museum pieces, dusty tragedies and declaiming mummies who never move! But the Funambules is full of life, movement! Extravaganzas! Appearances, disappearances, like in real life! And then-boom-the kick in the pants!
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