Reviews

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Hear My Song (1991)
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Owner of a failing club seeks infamous Irish singer Josef Locke in order to bring business and success to his club

Director: Peter Chelsom
Stars: Ned Beatty, Adrian Dunbar, Brian Flanagan
Dirty Weekend (1993)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Shortly after she moves into her own flat in Brighton, Bella finds she is being spied on and generally harassed by a man living across from her. Finally driven to solving the problem with a... See full summary »

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Lia Williams, Rufus Sewell, Michael Cule
Passion's Way (1999)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Set in early 1900's France, a widow renews a former romantic interest until it is discovered that he has had a past fling with one of her new employees, a nanny. This sets the two women ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Allan Ackerman
Stars: Sela Ward, Timothy Dalton, Alicia Witt
VR.5 (TV Series 1995)
Adventure | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Young woman Sidney works in a telephone company and she is sure that her father, doctor Bloom, and sister died after an accident. Sidney's hobby is to play with virtual reality. She has ... See full summary »

Stars: Lori Singer, Michael Easton, Anthony Head
Mother Love (TV Mini-Series 1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A British yuppie couple have a presumably idyllic existence. Yet there is one troubling factor in their lives - an eccentric, and possibly, difficult mother-in-law. Her odd behavior is ... See full summary »

Stars: Diana Rigg, James Wilby, David McCallum
Horror | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

A witch is put to death in Colonial America, leaving her husband and infant daughter behind. Seventeen years later, the daughter has grown up and stands to inherit money set up by her ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Wynorski
Stars: Nicole Eggert, David McCallum, Christopher Halsted
The Invisible Man (1975–1976)
Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The weekly adventures of Dr. Daniel Westin, an invisible scientist working as an agent for a private thinktank.

Stars: David McCallum, Melinda O. Fee, Craig Stevens
Sapphire & Steel (1979–1982)
Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Complex, involved science-fiction series about a special force of interdimensional operatives whose task is to protect the universe from evil forces trying to gain a foothold by disrupting ... See full summary »

Stars: David McCallum, Joanna Lumley, David Collings
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (TV Series 1996)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Two spies are recruited by an intelligence agency. They pose as a married couple Mr. and Mrs. Smith when they are on their missions.

Stars: Scott Bakula, Maria Bello, Roy Dotrice
Diversion (1980)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Gary is a happily married man, devoted to his wife, their kid and the family dog. A weekend without the presence of his wife presents to him a chance of getting involved in a casual ... See full summary »

Director: James Dearden
Stars: Stephen Moore, Cherie Lunghi, Morag Hood
Cluedo (1990–1993)
Drama | Game-Show | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A unique game show in which celebrities try to deduce which of the classic characters commited a murder by watching a short film and interviewing the suspects.

Stars: Richard Madeley, James Bellini, Lewis Collins
Trainer (1991–1992)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Stars: Mark Greenstreet, Susannah York, David McCallum
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Sophie Barjac ...
Martine
Geoffrey Bateman ...
Fuerbach
...
Nathalie Cerda ...
Marc Dejonge ...
Auxerre
...
Madame Rochaise
Donald Douglas ...
Major Ritter
Lynette Dundas ...
Denise
...
Marc Duret ...
Pierre Monet
Christian Erickson ...
Karl
David Gabinson ...
Delocque
John Grillo ...
von Behr
Murray Gronwall ...
Louis Delor
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on novel | See All (1) »

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 July 1991 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

A férfi, aki a Ritzben lakott  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Edited from Where Eagles Dare (1968) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Weak fictional film set in WWII Paris
10 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Based on a 1981 novel by A.E. Hotchner, "The Man Who Lived at the Ritz" is a strange piece of fiction that includes many real characters who, themselves, seem to be a mixture of reality and fiction. How much of either one is difficult to say, judging even from early newspaper reviews of the film. After a short prologue, most of the film takes place in World War II Paris. But, even the production information about this movie is sketchy. IMDb lists it as a TV movie, made by a company named Harmony Gold in the U.S. Yet the IMDb Web site only shows release dates of June 23, 1989 in Japan and July 29, 1991 in Sweden. It very likely was not carried on TV in the U.S., or it was toned down a great deal because of the considerable nudity. This mostly is in the portrayal of a high class "men's club" of prostitution in Paris.

The film runs 200 minutes, and is presented on DVD in four episodes. They are of varying lengths as well. They are further broken down into chapters with breaks and brief recaps such as are used in TV series and films. The breaks allow for commercials. Besides the awkwardness in this format, the production overall seems very stagy. The production values are not particularly good. The script seems disjointed and choppy, and the acting is not very good. Even Joss Ackland's role as Herman Göring is overdone.

I have no idea how closely the film follows the book. It is about an American whose uncle takes him to Paris for a vacation in 1927 after he graduates from the St. Louis Art Institute. Perry King plays the "hero," Philip Weber. His uncle dies of a heart attack and bequeaths Philip a modest sum in his will toward a permanent residence at the Ritz Hotel for as long as he likes. He spends his time as a painter, and 13 years later, World War II happens. That's about the way it unfolds in the movie – it just happens. There's no build up, concern, worry. We see some newsreel film scenes of the German war machine while the credits run, but the main character seems oblivious to this until, all of a sudden, the Germans are in Paris.

So, during the early stages of the war, he is a "neutral" from the neutral U.S. He is one of a few long-term residents allowed to stay in the Ritz when the Nazis take over and house party officials and high-ranking German officers in the Ritz. Eventually, our reluctant hero is drawn into the underground or resistance.

The film has very little to do with the war. It even seems oblivious to what is going on outside of Paris. It dwells considerably on the efforts by various Nazi leaders to steal the great art works of France for their private collections and for the grandiose museum planned by the Fuehrer, Adolf Hitler. The film dwells a lot on personal feuds and competitions between Göring, Josef Goebbels, Heinrich Himler and others for the stolen art works. About the only top Nazi leader who doesn't appear in Paris during this film is Adolf Hitler. And that's really strange, because Hitler did go to Paris to celebrate its conquest right after it fell to the Germans.

The film has many scenes of bare-breasted women in evening gowns, and other snapshots of men and women being rousted from their fantasy sex roosts. It seems preoccupied with Göring and portrays him with numerous fetishes, sexual fantasies and other eccentricities. Again, it's so bizarre, that one finds it difficult even to try to separate reality from fiction. As further witness to the weirdness of this film, it has a conglomeration of other known personalities of the time, including Coco Chanel and Edith Piaf. There also is a lot of name-dropping in the dialog, including Charles Lindbergh, Ernest Hemingway, and numerous painters. Leslie Caron plays Chanel, David McCallum plays Charles Ritz, Barrie Houghton plays Goebbels. It has a huge cast of characters.

IMDb lists this as a drama. It is a weak war drama with a touch of espionage. Otherwise, it's a film that gets mired down in self-indulgence, pettiness, misogynism or mistreatment of women, sexual deviation, and escapist living during a time of world crisis. Even the serious and tragic couple of instances in the film are soon smothered by its preoccupation with hedonism.

This film is one of a very few that have anything to do with war that I do not include in my extensive war films library. I think it's just that poor and off-track. The few stars I give this film are for the one binding plot that gives it any sense of coherence – the confiscation of precious art pieces. That was a reality of the war, and therefore it lends a touch of historical reality to this film. So, unless one is interested in that aspect of Nazi history, I don't think many would be able to stay awake or tuned in to this movie.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Man Who Lived at the Ritz (1989) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?