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Is Paris Burning? (1966)
"Paris brûle-t-il?" (original title)

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The true story of the departure of the German occupiers from Paris in 1944.

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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
Claude Dauphin ...
Colonel Lebel
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Pierre Dux ...
Cerat - Alexandre Parodi
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Yves Bayet
Georges Géret ...
The Baker
Hannes Messemer ...
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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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26 October 1966 (France)  »

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Paris brûle-t-il?  »

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

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2.35 : 1
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This film's opening prologue states: "This is not the story of a beautiful city - not as we know it today - but as it was in its most perilous and also its most glorious hours. Paris in 1944, after four years of bitter occupation, was seething on the verge of revolt against the Nazi oppressors. With the allies almost at the doorstep, the French Resistance in the city, composed of many divergent groups, struggled bitterly among themselves to find the way to liberation. TIME WAS TERRIBLY SHORT . . . " See more »

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

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Consul Nordling: And if a bomb should miss?
Général Von Choltitz: A few bombs always miss, but others will hit the target. It's the law of averages.
Consul Nordling: [very softly] A bomb that misses... could hit... Notre Dame. Sainte Chapelle. That's a thousand years of history, turned to dust.
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The end credit sequence is in color. See more »

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The Liberation of Paris in WWII in a French Super Production
1 November 2013 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In August 1944, Adolf Hitler assigns General Dietrich von Choltitz (Gert Froebe) to be in the military governor of Paris and to burn the city in case of the Allied forces arrival. Meanwhile, the French resistance has internal fights of the different factions and leaderships. One French major convinces the Allied forces to liberate Paris from the Germans. General von Choltitz disobeys Hitler's orders and spares Paris from destruction.

"Paris brûle-t-il?", a.k.a. "Is Paris Burning?", is an underrated French super production about the liberation of Paris in World War II. It is impressive the number of stars in this movie, directed by René Clément; screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola; music by Maurice Jarre. There are many cameos of great actors and also a huge number of bit players. Unfortunately the dubbing in English is awful. Fortunately this German general did not destroy one of the most beautiful cities in the world. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Paris Está em Chamas?" ("Is Paris Burning?")


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