Paris Holiday

Paris Holiday

Director: Gerd Oswald

Cast: Bob Hope, Fernandel, Anita Ekberg

     
 

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Brentwood Communications has done a surprisingly good job bringing a large portion of Bob Hope's movie catalogue to the scattershot world of budget DVD, but unfortunately their approach falters with the release of Paris Holiday. While Brentwood has done a great job remastering the Technicolor print and the audio track, the DVD only features the pan-and-scan…  See more details below

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Brentwood Communications has done a surprisingly good job bringing a large portion of Bob Hope's movie catalogue to the scattershot world of budget DVD, but unfortunately their approach falters with the release of Paris Holiday. While Brentwood has done a great job remastering the Technicolor print and the audio track, the DVD only features the pan-and-scan version of a film originally released in widescreen. When you have 1950s sex symbol Anita Ekberg and the antics of lanky French comic Fernandel occupying roughly half the space on the screen that they should, it makes one ponder exactly why DVDs should replace videos in the first place. Thankfully, Paris Holiday itself is far from being one of Hope's best movies so the loss isn't that great, yet it's puzzling why Brentwood would go to so much trouble remastering a movie and then not release it in its original widescreen aspect ratio. Director Gerd Oswald went on to direct Anita Ekberg in the bizarre grade-B Freudian noir Screaming Mimi.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Paris Holiday is a passable Bob Hope comedy, but definitely one that should have been much better than it is. By 1957, when Paris was made, Hope had started on the decline that would plague most of his films from that point on. The comedian was still as sharp as ever, with admirable timing and the ability to toss off a zinger that was still something to see, but the character that he had developed for the past two decades -- a cowardly yet cheeky fellow who finds himself mixed up in situations he doesn't really understand -- didn't seem to suit him as he aged. He became a little too self-aware, and much of the naturalness and spontaneity that is found in the earlier films is missing. It doesn't help matters that Paris is very sloppily put together, with bits and pieces that were shown to much better advantage in earlier films. Hope's co-star, the French comic Fernandel, is good but doesn't get the chance to make the strong impression that his reputation leads one to expect. As for the women, Martha Hyer and Anita Ekberg look simply stunning, which is all that is required of them -- but they also manage to turn in solid work within the confines of the script. Gerd Oswald's direction is okay but uninspired; its biggest failing is in the climactic courtroom scene, which simply lacks the comedic rhythm that it demands. Paris Holiday doesn't sparkle, but it has some decent laughs along the way.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/21/2000
UPC:
0090096098593
Original Release:
1957
Rating:
NR
Source:
Bci / Eclipse
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:40:00
Sales rank:
39,896

Special Features

Full screen access; Bob Hope biography; Filmography; Interactive menus

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bob Hope Robert Leslie Hunter
Fernandel Fernydel
Anita Ekberg Zara
Martha Hyer Ann McCall
Preston Sturges Serge Vitry
Andre Morell American Ambassador
Alan Gifford Bit Player
Maurice Teynac Dr. Bernais
Yves Brainville Inspector Dupont
Jean Murat Judge
Roger Treville Golfer Patient
Irène Tunc Shipboard Lovely

Technical Credits
Gerd Oswald Director
Pierre Balmain Costumes/Costume Designer
Edmund Beloin Screenwriter
Sammy Cahn Songwriter
Paul Feyder Asst. Director
Ellsworth Hoagland Editor
Robert Hope Producer
Bob Hope Producer
Roger Hubert Cinematographer
Joseph Lilley Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Joseph L. Lilley Score Composer
Dean Riesner Screenwriter
Francis J. Scheid Sound/Sound Designer
James VanHeusen Songwriter
Georges Wakhévitch Production Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Access
1. Chapter 1. [4:15]
2. Chapter 2. [14:12]
3. Chapter 3. [10:33]
4. Chapter 4. [12:16]
5. Chapter 5. [12:15]
6. Chapter 6. [5:56]
7. Chapter 7. [6:28]
8. Chapter 8. [9:45]

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