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?
This film's opening prologue states: "This is not the story of a beautiful city - not as we know it today - but as it was in its most perilous and also its most glorious hours. Paris in 1944, after four years of bitter occupation, was seething on the verge of revolt against the Nazi oppressors. With the allies almost at the doorstep, the French Resistance in the city, composed of many divergent groups, struggled bitterly among themselves to find the way to liberation. TIME WAS TERRIBLY SHORT . . . " 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
Général Von Choltitz
Herr Consul, if I thought that the destruction of Paris could win the war for Germany... I would set the city on fire myself. But we've lost the war.
The end credit sequence is in color. See more
Referenced in Commandos 2: Men of Courage