Les Enfants du Paradis (Children of Paradise, 1945) is sheer spectacle, Marcel Carne's three-hour masterpiece about a sensitive mime (Jean-Louis Barrault) in a nineteenth-century theatrical troupe whose unrequited love for a free-spirited beauty (Arletty) becomes a lifelong obsession, despite his worldly success. Jacques Prévert wrote the script. Le Corbeau (The Raven, 1943) is an early work by Henri-Georges Clouzot, who would later direct such classic thrillers as The Wages of Fear and Les Diaboliques. Slyly, Clouzot injects a tale of rising suspicion and anger in a French village with the kind of social and political content the Resistance might have cheered, but in some quarters it was interpreted as anti-French propaganda. La Nuit Fantastique (Fantastic Night, 1942) is an impressionist piece by Marcel L'Herbier in which a young philosophy student's fantasies about a mysterious woman morph into a heady confusion of dream and reality.
The schedule: Les Enfants at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 29, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, October 1 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday, October 2; Le Corbeau at 7 p.m. Friday, September 30, 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday; La Nuit at 9 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Starz FilmCenter is in the Tivoli Student Union, 900 Auraria Parkway. For information, call 303-595-3456.