Le Paradis Perdu (1940)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama, Romantic Drama  |   Run Time - 88 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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Originally released in 1939 as Paradis Perdu (Paradise Lost), Abel Gance's Four Flights to Love is typical of the great director's entertaining but insignificant later efforts. The storyline spans the years between the end of the First World War and the beginning of the Second. Unable to reconcile himself to the death of his wife, Parisian fashion designer Pierre (Fernand Gravey) withdraws into himself, refusing to make contact with his daughter (Micheline Presle) Eventually he "opens up" enough for a reconciliation with the girl, and even begins a new romance with woman several years younger than himself. Fernand Gravey ages and ages convincingly in Four Flights to Love, delivering a well-rounded portrayal of an underdeveloped character.

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daughter, death, death-in-family, fashion-designer, grief, hermit, love, reconciliation, romance, wife