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
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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.
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26 October 1966 (France)
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70 mm 6-Track
(70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)| Mono
(35 mm prints)
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?
This film's producer, Paul Graetz
, did not see the completed version of the film; he passed away a few weeks after production finished. See more
German sappers are shown setting conventional explosives on Paris bridges. The Germans actually set used surplus naval torpedoes under the bridges. See more
General, your enemy is the Allied Army, not the people of Paris.
The end credit sequence is in color. See more
Referenced in Project X Zone