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?
An article in the 7 November 1966 issue of 'Boxoffice' reported that four featurettes were made to promote the movie: "He Must Find There Nothing", in a 20-minute and a 10-minute version, a making of the production and how locations had to be modified to reflect the 1944 period; "Reality Must Not Be Left to Chance", 10-minute short behind the scenes; and a fourth featurette about composer Maurice Jarre
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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
[a Resistance worker, of two village cops
I use them because of their uniforms. The Germans have respect for uniforms. Conditioned reflex.
The end credit sequence is in color. See more
Referenced in Commandos 2: Men of Courage