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Is Paris Burning? (Paris brûle-t-il?)1966

Is Paris Burning? (Paris brûle-t-il?) (1966)




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In 1944, with Paris on the verge of Liberation by the allies, Adolph Hitler ordered that the City of Light be blown up and burned to the ground. General Dietrich Von Choltitz, after much rumination, decided that he didn't want to go down in history as the man who destroyed Paris. His refusal to follow Hitler's orders would make him a pariah in Germany for the rest of his life; nor was his gesture ever rewarded by the Allies. From this very human story in the midst of one of the most inhuman conflicts in history grew the screenplay (by Gore Vidal and Francis Ford Coppola) of the all-star, internationally produced Is Paris Burning? Whereas the earlier The Longest Day was able to support a castful of celebrities and brief subplot vignettes, Is Paris Burning? seems more weighted down than weighty. Still, a modern audience will have fun playing "spot the star" throughout the film, especially when those spotted stars include the likes of Gert Frobe (as Choltitz), Jean-Paul Belmondo, Alain Delon, Kirk Douglas (as Patton), Glenn Ford (as Bradley), Yves Montand, Simone Signoret, Robert Stack, and even Anthony Perkins as a wide-eyed GI. Filmed on a gargantuan scale, Is Paris Burning? was based on a book by Larry Collins and Dominique LaPierre. The film was lensed in black and white, save for the Technicolor finale (in the original road-show prints).

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Gert Fröbe
as Gen. Dietrich von Choltitz
Orson Welles
as Consul Raoul Nordling
Alain Delon
as Jacques Chaban-Delmas
Pierre Vaneck
as Maj. Roger Gallois
Leslie Caron
as Francoise Labe
Jean-Pierre Cassel
as Lt. Henri Karcher
George Chakiris
as GI in Tank
Kirk Douglas
as Gen. George Patton
Glenn Ford
as Gen. Omar Bradley
Daniel Gélin
as Yves Bayet
E.G. Marshall
as Intelligence Officer Powell
Yves Montand
as Marcel Bizien
Anthony Perkins
as Sgt. Warren
Claude Rich
as Gen. Jacques Leclerc
Simone Signoret
as Cafe Proprietress
Robert Stack
as Gen. Edwin Sibert
Skip Ward
as GI with Warren
Bruno Cremer
as Col. Rol
Suzy Delair
as A Parisienne
Pierre Dux
as Parodi
Harry Meyen
as Von Arnim
Sacha Pitoëff
as Joliot-Curie
Michel Berger
as Chief of Explosives
Gehrard Borman
as Von Choltitz's Secretary
Georges Claisse
as Intern with Monod
Doc Ericson
as Jeep Driver
Bernard Fresson
as Liaison Agent
Clara Gansard
as Wife of Col. Rol
Rol Gauffin
as Consul Nordling's Secretary
Ernst F. Furbringer
as von Boineburg
Georges Géret
as Cmdr. George
Konrad Georg
as Von Model
Jean-Pierre Honoré
as Alain Perpezat
Peter Jacob
as Gen. Burgdorf
Billy Kearns
as Patton Aide
Pierre Collet
as Policier resistant
Joelle Latour
as Young Girl with Warren
Michael Lonsdale
as Debu-Bridel
Hubert de Lapparent
as Huissier Matignon
Roger Lumont
as `Jade Amicol'
Aime de March
as Roland Pre
Félix Marten
as Landrieu
Paloma Matta
as The Bride
Pierre Mirat
as Cafe Proprietor
Harald Momm
as Col. Jay
Peter Neusser
as SS tapisserie de Bayeux
Russ Moro
as Lieutenant with Warren
Del Negro
as Officer with Chaban-Delmas
Jean-Michel Rouziere
as Monsieur au chien
Alain Pommier
as Franjoux
Serge Rousseau
as Col. Fabien
Michel Sales
as Gallois' friend
Georges Staquet
as Capt. Dronne
Otto Stern
as Wagenknecht
Henia Suchar
as Prefecture Switchboard Operator
Toni Taffin
as Bernard Labe
Pierre Tamin
as Maurannes
Jean Valmont
as Bazooka
Jo Warfield
as Major with Chaban-Delmas
Joachim Westhoss
as German Officer with Claire
Jean-Pierre Zola
as Cpl. Mayer
Karl Otto Alberty
as SS Man- at the famous Bayeux Tapestry
Albert Remy
as Policeman
Joachim Hansen
as Fresnes prison commander
Günter Meisner
as Commandant SS à Pantin
Helmut Schneider
as German Warrant Officer at Metro
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Critic Reviews for Is Paris Burning? (Paris brûle-t-il?)

All Critics (7)

It's touching in the deepest with those final sequences, in which the narrative time seems stretched millimetrically. [Full Review in Spanish]

September 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Belmondo in anything!

January 21, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

The real star of Is Paris Burning? is the city of Paris itself. Its other performers are miscast, the film's direction is uneven, its development is confused.

November 20, 2003 | Full Review…

Filme loooooongo sobre os últimos dias da ocupação nazista em Paris, é recheado de pontas célebres, mas seu ufanismo acaba tornando-o lento, repetitivo e cansativo.

July 25, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Is Paris Burning? (Paris brûle-t-il?)


Not bad looking. With a superb script by Gore Vidal and Francis Ford Coppula and directed by Rene Clement. Filmed in Panavision(was Oscar nominated for its stunning black and white cimematopgraphy),this film boasts an all star cast which features Charles Boyer,Leslie Caron,Glenn Ford,Henry Fonda,Robert Stack and a execptional performance by Kirk Douglas as General Patton. Be forewarned here since this picture runs over three hours long.

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