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Paris brûle-t-il? (1966)

PG-13 | | Drama, History, War | 26 October 1966 (France)
The departure of the German Army from Paris in 1944.

Director:

René Clément

Writers:

Larry Collins (book), Dominique Lapierre (book) | 7 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Pierrelot - Yvon Morandat
Charles Boyer ... Docteur Monod
Leslie Caron ... Françoise Labé
Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Lieutenant Henri Karcher
George Chakiris ... GI in Tank (as Georges Chakiris)
Bruno Cremer ... Colonel Rol-Tanguy
Claude Dauphin ... Colonel Lebel
Alain Delon ... Jacques Chaban-Delmas
Kirk Douglas ... Gen. George S. Patton Jr.
Pierre Dux ... Cerat - Alexandre Parodi
Glenn Ford ... Lt. Gen. Omar N. Bradley
Gert Fröbe ... General Dietrich von Choltitz (as Gert Froebe)
Daniel Gélin ... Yves Bayet
Georges Géret ... The Baker
Hannes Messemer ... General Jodl
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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 »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | USA

Language:

French | German | English

Release Date:

26 October 1966 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

¿Arde París? See more »

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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)| Mono (35 mm prints)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White | Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During one gun shooting sequence in the streets of Paris, an old woman, who was getting out of her building, was so surprised by the sequence, that she had a heart attack and died. See more »

Goofs

German sappers are shown setting conventional explosives on Paris bridges. The Germans actually set used surplus naval torpedoes under the bridges. See more »

Quotes

Consul Raoul Nordling: And if a bomb should miss?
Général Von Choltitz: A few bombs always miss, but others will hit the target. It's the law of averages.
Consul Raoul Nordling: [very softly] A bomb that misses... could hit... Notre Dame. Sainte Chapelle. That's a thousand years of history, turned to dust.
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Crazy Credits

The end credit sequence is in color. See more »

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Referenced in Purojekuto kurosuzôn (2012) See more »

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Worth Seeing for World War II Buffs and Visitors to Paris
23 April 2005 | by jbetke-1See 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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