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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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Storyline

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

Several of the French civilian vehicles are shown with cylindrical tanks on their roofs. These contained compressed natural gas and are accurate. During World War II over sixty thousand French vehicles were converted to natural and wood gas fuel. See more »

Goofs

Even at this late date, in 1966, movie-makers show GI's pulling the pin out of a grenade with their teeth? Pul-lease. 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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The end credit sequence is in color. See more »

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Referenced in Paris Is Burning (1990) See more »

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The Liberation of Paris in WWII in a French Super Production
1 November 2013 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In August 1944, Adolf Hitler assigns General Dietrich von Choltitz (Gert Froebe) to be in the military governor of Paris and to burn the city in case of the Allied forces arrival. Meanwhile, the French resistance has internal fights of the different factions and leaderships. One French major convinces the Allied forces to liberate Paris from the Germans. General von Choltitz disobeys Hitler's orders and spares Paris from destruction.

"Paris brûle-t-il?", a.k.a. "Is Paris Burning?", is an underrated French super production about the liberation of Paris in World War II. It is impressive the number of stars in this movie, directed by René Clément; screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola; music by Maurice Jarre. There are many cameos of great actors and also a huge number of bit players. Unfortunately the dubbing in English is awful. Fortunately this German general did not destroy one of the most beautiful cities in the world. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Paris Está em Chamas?" ("Is Paris Burning?")


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