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Is Paris Burning? (1966)

Paris brûle-t-il? (original title)
The departure of the German army 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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"Burn Paris!" was the order that had come shrieking over the phone. 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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2.35 : 1
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One of the main reasons for the movie being filmed in B&W was the Nazi flags. The French authorities refused to allow red and black Nazi flags to fly in Paris, even for a movie. They agreed only to have black and gray flags. 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 »

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 Hogan's Heroes: Is General Hammerschlag Burning? (1967) 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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