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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Burn Paris! was the order that had come shrieking over the phone.
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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?
A French postman felt off his bicycle on the Champs Elysées, when he saw some extras dressed as German soldiers crossing the avenue during a lunch pause. He ran out screaming, "They're back! They're back!" 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
Général Von Choltitz
Herr Consul, if I thought that the destruction of Paris could win the war for Germany... I would set the city on fire myself. But we've lost the war.
The end credit sequence is in color. See more
Referenced in Paris Is Burning