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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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"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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Release Date:

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

Apparently, at least in one version of this film, all of E.G. Marshall's scenes as Intelligence Officer Powell were cut out. 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

Le boulanger: [a Resistance worker, of two village cops] I use them because of their uniforms. The Germans have respect for uniforms. Conditioned reflex.
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The end credit sequence is in color. See more »

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Referenced in Paris Is Burning (1990) See more »

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Worth Seeing for World War II Buffs and Visitors to Paris
23 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I made my first trip to Paris this past year. There are remembrances of World War Two on nearly every street corner, plaques with the names of resistance fighters who died during the war and during the Liberation. And France's military history is also on display, from monuments to Louis XIII, to Napoleon, and to their Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arc de Triomphe. As Americans we forget sometimes that the French army lost millions during World War One, and struggled with how to fight the Second World War. Losing Paris was a humiliating defeat that the Free French army needed desperately to avenge. This film does a pretty engaging job of telling the story from a French point of view. Like many war films from the time it's a little too long, some celebrity cameos are miscast, and some facts and events are abridged. But unlike some other films from the period, it has some humor, and some great pathos. There's also great footage of the real liberation intercut with the narrative. If you've ever been to Paris, it's a beautiful travelogue of all the famous public spaces, seen through eyes from 1945 and 1966. I can only imagine seeing it in widescreen, and I hope to get a non-dubbed version soon.


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