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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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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)
Bruno Cremer ...
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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Storyline

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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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

French actor Claude Rich actually plays two characters in this film. Rich plays the young Lt. Pierre de la Fouchardière and the mustached Gen. Henri Leclerc, de la Fouchardière's commander, but Rich is only credited for playing Leclerc. In real life, as a teenage boy during the Second World War, Rich was staring at some German soldiers in the street, and the real de la Fouchardière saved him from possible harm when he saw the boy in the street and got him to come into the building he was in and away from the Germans. See more »

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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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Vive la Resistence
27 March 2003 | by (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain) – See all my reviews

"¿Is Paris burning?" Hitler asked this when the war was finished...

A french and american co-production, it's a long movie about the french resistence. The excellent direction by Rene Clement shows one of the more importants battles in the History of war. I would like to see the director's cut version of this film. Many international stars appear in this movie like Glenn Ford, Kirk Douglas, George Chakiris, Gert Froebe, Anthony Perkins, Robert Stack, Orson Welles... but the french actors are the greats players here: Charles Boyer, Leslie Caron, Pierre Vaneck, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Simone Signoret, Claude Rich... The best of this film is Alain Delon, a wonderful actor as resistance member Chaban-Delmas, fighting for the liberty of his country. I love "Paris brûle-t-il?" because is a strong story that damns the war and tells between us a battle for the Liberty.


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