If you'd like to dine before the movies, we can meet for dinner at Firewood Cafe (click for info), on 18th, near Diamond, at 5:45 PM. Order and pay at the counter. Note "Dinner" in your RSVP, so we can get a head count. Non-diners, we'll meet you in front of the Castro, around 7:10 PM.
Remember: The Castro doesn't take plastic, so bring cash!
Children of Paradise (Les enfants du paradis) (1946): Starts: 7:30 PM, Ends: ~10:45 PM
Starring: Arletty, Jean-Louis Berrault, Pierre Brasseur, Pierre Renoir
Director: Marcel Carné
Plot: Set in the Parisian theatrical world of the 1840s, Children tells the ineffably witty tale of a woman loved by four different men. Boasting the largest set ever constructed for a French film, plus a sparkling script from acclaimed poet and screenwriter Jacques Prévert, Carné moves the action effortlessly between stage and audience, teeming streets and intimate boudoirs, bringing the world of these characters to pulsing, vibrant life. Often called "the French Gone with the Wind" (an insult to Carné's film!), this is a romantic epic with the sweep of a great novel -- and it was all made at the height of the Nazi occupation! (The movie will be presented in the original, French format of two, separate movies of about 95 minutes each, with an intermission between them.) The Castro will be showing a new, restored, digital print made from the original negative! A major event at Cannes, last spring. Not to be missed!!
"As you grow up with film, people will tell you that you must see Les Enfants du Paradis (The Children of Paradise), and they are right... You will encounter the vision and the style of Marcel Carné... You will see the beauties possible in black and white, and in a world made through art direction... You will learn to love Paris." -- David Thomson, Have you Seen...
Parking & Getting There
We all know that parking in the Castro can be a nightmare. If you plan on driving, allow extra time to find a spot. Other transit options include: BART/Muni, and carpooling. If you'd like to carpool -- either as a driver or passenger -- please note that in your RSVP. Drivers and passengers should organize themselves. BART/Muni is a good option, as the Castro station is right across the street from the theater.
See you there!!