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
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Colonel Lebel
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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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From the first minute Is Paris burning? begins, it grabs you.It holds you.It gets inside you. It inflames you. By the 63rd minute you are no longer aware of time. The suspense is total. See more »

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¿Arde París?  »

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Roddy McDowall was booked for a major cameo role but was replaced before filming. 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 »

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Lieutenant Henri Karcher: [over the phone to his father] Hello, Papa? This is Lieutenant Karcher. Your son. In spite of your pessimstic view of my military career, I'd like to announce I've just made some prisoners of the general in command of Paris at the Hotel Maurice. He surrendered to me. But I'm still very bad at drill.
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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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