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Friday, Jan. 7, 2005

OF NOTE

Seminal French movie in Tokyo

A movie theater in Tokyo's Ikebukuro will screen "Les Enfants du paradis," hailed as "the greatest French film ever made," from mid-January to mark the 60th year since its production.

Filming of the 195-minute masterpeice directed by Marcel Carne started in 1943 while France was under Nazi occupation. It cost the equivalent of 160 million yen to produce and featured over 1,800 extras.

The movie is set in 1840s Paris and centers around the beautiful actress Garance and four men who compete for her affections.

The screening will start on Jan. 15 at Cine Libre Ikebukuro. Screening times are 11:40 a.m., 3:15 p.m. and 6:50 p.m. Tickets are 1,800 yen for adults, 1,500 yen for university and senior high school students and 1,000 yen for senior citizens (ID needed). Every Wednesday, tickets for women will be 1,000 yen.

Cine Libre Ikebukuro, (03) 3590-2126, is on the eighth floor of The Metropolitan Plaza near the west exit of Ikebukuro Station. The movie will move to Cine Libre Umeda in Osaka in late Feb.



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