Paradise Lost (1940 film)

Paradise Lost (French: Paradis perdu) is a 1940 French war drama film directed by Abel Gance and starring Fernand Gravey, Elvire Popesco and Micheline Presle.[1] In pre-First World War Paris, an aspiring artist falls in love with a dressmaker. After she dies in childbirth he volunteers to take part in a dangerous mission during the war. Badly wounded, he nonetheless recovers, and returns home to bring up his only daughter.

Paradise Lost
Directed byAbel Gance
Produced byFrederic Brunn
Jean Séfert
Joseph Than
Written byAbel Gance
Steve Passeur
Herman G. Weinberg
Joseph Than
StarringFernand Gravey
Elvire Popesco
Micheline Presle
Music byHans May
CinematographyChristian Matras
Edited byLéonide Azar
Tarice Film
Distributed byConsortium du Film
Release date
26 February 1940
Running time
103 minutes



  1. The A to Z of French Cinema p.181


  • Dayna Oscherwitz & MaryEllen Higgins. The A to Z of French Cinema. Scarecrow Press, 2009.
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