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Paris brûle-t-il? (1966)

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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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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"Burn Paris!" was the order that had come shrieking over the phone. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

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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 »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

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

Resistence fighters used Stens and German arms for combat in city. 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

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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The end credit sequence is in color. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Paris Is Burning (1990) See more »

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Vive la Resistence
27 March 2003 | by a_pleno_solSee all my reviews

"¿Is Paris burning?" Hitler asked this when the war was finished...

A french and american co-production, it's a long movie about the french resistence. The excellent direction by Rene Clement shows one of the more importants battles in the History of war. I would like to see the director's cut version of this film. Many international stars appear in this movie like Glenn Ford, Kirk Douglas, George Chakiris, Gert Froebe, Anthony Perkins, Robert Stack, Orson Welles... but the french actors are the greats players here: Charles Boyer, Leslie Caron, Pierre Vaneck, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Simone Signoret, Claude Rich... The best of this film is Alain Delon, a wonderful actor as resistance member Chaban-Delmas, fighting for the liberty of his country. I love "Paris brûle-t-il?" because is a strong story that damns the war and tells between us a battle for the Liberty.


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