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Is Paris Burning? (1966)

Paris brûle-t-il? (original title)
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) | 4 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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Runtime:

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

In at least one version of this film, all of E.G. Marshall's scenes as Intelligence Officer Powell were cut out. 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

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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Crazy Credits

The end credit sequence is in color. See more »

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Referenced in Commandos 2: Men of Courage (2001) See more »

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A rarely portrayed WW2 account.Well done!
15 August 1999 | by dougie-6See all my reviews

This film is a very well done dramatisation of the account of the liberation of Paris in August of 1944.History buffs take note;notice the mascot names of the tanks in General Leclerc's Free French armoured division.Many had Spanish names such as "Madrid" "Teruel" & "Zaragosa" as these vehicles were manned by anti-Fascist Spanish refugee fighters who played a largely important yet mostly un-acknowledged part largely ignored by mainstream historians about the WW2 period.


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