Is Paris Burning?

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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 ...
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Overview

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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2010
  • EAN: 4897007036240
  • Original Release: 1966
  • Source: Imports
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 16,182

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean-Paul Belmondo Morandot/Pierreflot
Charles Boyer Monod
Leslie Caron Francoise Labe
George Chakiris G.I. in Tank
Gert Fröbe Gen. Dietrich von Choltitz
Jean-Pierre Cassel Lt. Henri Karcher
Kirk Douglas Gen. George Patton
Anthony Perkins Sgt. Warren
Simone Signoret Cafe Proprietress, Patronne du bistrot
Orson Welles Consul Raoul Nordling
Glenn Ford Gen. Omar Bradley
Yves Montand Marcel Bizien
Robert Stack Gen. Edwin Sibert
Marie Versini Claire Morandat
Skip Ward GI with Warren
Bruno Cremer Col. Rol Tanguy
Claude Dauphin Colonel Lebel
Pierre Dux Parodi/Cerat
Billy Frick Adolf Hitler
Daniel Gélin Yves Bayet
Michel Piccoli Edgar Pisani
Sacha Pitoeff Joliot-Curie
Claude Rich Gen. Jacques Leclerc
Jean-Louis Trintignant Capt. Serge
Pierre Vaneck Maj. Roger Gallois
Alain Delon Jacques Chaban-Delmas
Georges Claisse Intern with Monod
Suzy Delair A Parisienne
Georges Géret Cmdr. George
Claus Holm Huhm
Jean-Pierre Honore Alain Perpezat
Peter Jacob Gen. Burgdorf
Billy Kearns Patton Aide
Michel Lonsdale Debu-Bridel
Maria Machado Stella
E.G. Marshall Intelligence Officer Powell
Felix Marten Landrieu
Pierre Mirat Cafe Proprietor
Del Negro Officer with Chaban-Delmas
Georges Poujouly Landrieux
Michel Puterflam Laffont
Serge Rousseau Col. Fabien
Jean-Pierre Zola Cpl. Mayer
Pascal Fardoulis Gilet
Ernst F. Furbringer von Boineburg
Clara Gansard Wife of Col. Rol
Joelle Latour Young Girl with Warren
Aime DeMarch Roland Pre
Henia Suchar Prefecture Switchboard Operator
Jo Warfield Major with Chaban-Delmas
Karl Otto Alberty SS tapisserie de Bayeux
Pierre Collet Policier resistant
Paul Crauchet Le cure
Hubert DeLapparent Huissier Matignon
Michel Etcheverry Prefet Luizet
Bernard Fresson Liaison Agent
Joachim Hansen Commandant prison de Fresnes
Roger Lumont "Jade Amicol"
Günter Meisner Commandant SS Pantin
Hannes Messemer General Jodl
Harry Meyen Lieutenant von Arnim
Peter Neusser SS tapisserie de Bayeux
Wolfgang Preiss Capt. Ebernach
Albert Remy Le Gendarme
Jean-Michel Rouziere Monsieur au chien
Helmut Schneider Adjudant allemand metro
Georges Staquet Capt. Dronne
Jean Valmont F.F.I. bazooka
Konrad Georg Von Model
Jean Negroni Villon
Technical Credits
René Clément Director
Jean Aurenche Screenwriter
Yves Boisset Asst. Director
Pierre Bost Screenwriter
Claude Brule Screenwriter
Aida Carange Makeup
Francis Ford Coppola Screenwriter
Michel Deruelle Makeup
Paul Graetz Producer
Marcel Grignon Cinematographer
Willy Holt Art Director
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Robert Lawrence Editor
Robert MacDonald Special Effects
Beate von Molo Screenwriter
Marcel Moussy Screenwriter
Pierre Nourry Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Pollard Special Effects
Gore Vidal Screenwriter
Roger Volper Set Decoration/Design
Louis Wipf Production Manager
Jean Zay Costumes/Costume Designer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful WWII History/Drama

    This film was released in the mid 60's, on the heels of Collins and Lapierre's chronicle of the Allied capture of Paris. It has been years since I read the book, so I cannot vouch for its accuracy, or for the accuracy of the movie. On the other hand, the script, by Coppola and Vidal, hews closely enough to historical fact. There is suspense, wonderful acting by an all-star cast, great visuals that intersperse newsreel footage with movie footage, a wonderful Jarre score; in other words, a great film. One drawback: there are no notes, so younger viewers may not know the cast. On the other hand, the performances speak for themselves......

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