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Paris brûle-t-il? (1966)

The departure of the German army from Paris in 1944.

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Cast

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Pierrelot - Yvon Morandat
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Docteur Monod
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Françoise Labé
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Lieutenant Henri Karcher
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GI in Tank (as Georges Chakiris)
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Colonel Rol-Tanguy
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Colonel Lebel
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Cerat - Alexandre Parodi
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Yves Bayet
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The Baker
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In this sprawling, star-laden film, we see the struggles of various French resistance factions to regain control of Paris near the end of World War II. The Nazi general in charge of Paris, Dietrich von Cholitz (Fröbe), is under orders from Hitler himself to burn the city if he cannot control it or if the Allies get too close. Much of the drama centers around the moral deliberations of the general, the Swedish ambassador (Welles), and the eager but desperate leaders of the resistance. Written by Carl J. Youngdahl <zomno@casbah.acns.nwu.edu>

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From the first minute Is Paris burning? begins, it grabs you.It holds you.It gets inside you. It inflames you. By the 63rd minute you are no longer aware of time. The suspense is total. See more »

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Drama | History | War

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26 October 1966 (France)  »

Also Known As:

¿Arde París?  »

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(70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)| (35 mm prints)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of the main reasons for the movie being filmed in B&W was the Nazi flags. The French authorities refused to allow red and black Nazi flags to fly in Paris, even for a movie. They agreed only to have black and gray flags. See more »

Goofs

German sappers are shown setting conventional explosives on Paris bridges. The Germans actually set used surplus naval torpedoes under the bridges. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant Henri Karcher: [over the phone to his father] Hello, Papa? This is Lieutenant Karcher. Your son. In spite of your pessimstic view of my military career, I'd like to announce I've just made some prisoners of the general in command of Paris at the Hotel Maurice. He surrendered to me. But I'm still very bad at drill.
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The end credit sequence is in color. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hogan's Heroes: Is General Hammerschlag Burning? (1967) See more »

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A rarely portrayed WW2 account.Well done!
15 August 1999 | by (Melbourne,Australia) – See all my reviews

This film is a very well done dramatisation of the account of the liberation of Paris in August of 1944.History buffs take note;notice the mascot names of the tanks in General Leclerc's Free French armoured division.Many had Spanish names such as "Madrid" "Teruel" & "Zaragosa" as these vehicles were manned by anti-Fascist Spanish refugee fighters who played a largely important yet mostly un-acknowledged part largely ignored by mainstream historians about the WW2 period.


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