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?
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
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
[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 Paris Is Burning