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Paris brûle-t-il? (1966)

PG-13 | | Drama, History, War | 26 October 1966 (France)
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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GI in Tank (as Georges Chakiris)
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Colonel Rol-Tanguy
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Colonel Lebel
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Jacques Chaban-Delmas
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Cerat - Alexandre Parodi
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Lt. Gen. Omar N. Bradley
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Yves Bayet
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General Jodl
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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)  »

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¿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

Although most of the movie is in black and white, the final sequence, an aerial view of Paris, is in color. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, the lieutenant Henri Karcher calls his father to tell him he has just captured a general. Actually, his father died in 1914. See more »

Quotes

Consul Nordling: General, your enemy is the Allied Army, not the people of Paris.
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The end credit sequence is in color. See more »

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Referenced in Commandos 2: Men of Courage (2001) See more »

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A fair war picture
10 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

Before I comment I should note that I haven't read the book nor am I that familiar with figures in the French Resistance. One thing that I did notice was that the portrayal of the Nazis in this film wasn't quite as stereotypical as in most World War II movies. Of course Hitler has to be a rug chewing psychotic but many of the other Germans were actually depicted quite humanly. Gert Frobe (Goldfinger) is very believeable even sympathetic as the General in charge of Paris. On another note the star casting works in the case of Welles (Nordling) and is pointless in the case of Kirk Douglas and Anthony Perkins. All in all a fair war picture, 6/10.


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