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Is Paris Burning?

Is Paris Burning?

Jean-Paul Belmondo
Director: René Clément Cast: Jean-Paul Belmondo
Jean-Paul Belmondo
, Charles Boyer
Charles Boyer
, Leslie Caron
Leslie Caron
René Clément
Is Paris Burning?

Is Paris Burning?

Jean-Paul Belmondo
Director: René Clément Cast: Jean-Paul Belmondo
Jean-Paul Belmondo
, Charles Boyer
Charles Boyer
, Leslie Caron
Leslie Caron
René Clément


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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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Product Details

Release Date: 11/10/2020
UPC: 0032429347060
Original Release: 1966
Rating: NR
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:52:00
Sales rank: 19,416

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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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Is Paris Burning?
1. Opening Legend [:38]
2. The New Commander [6:44]
3. French Uprising [7:50]
4. Destruction Plans [3:03]
5. Free Bernard Labe [12:11]
6. Political Prisoners [6:02]
7. Gestapo Trick [9:08]
8. Paris Fights Back [9:32]
9. Nazi's Attack [12:28]
10. Cease Fire [7:58]
11. Mission To Normandy [1:35]
12. American Allies [2:46]
13. A Plea To Save Paris [4:41]
14. A Gift for the Führer [7:12]
15. New Council [7:44]
16. Intermission [5:20]
17. General Bradley's Order [1:39]
18. Soldiers' Homecoming [:55]
19. City Bells Ring [5:58]
20. Battle In The Streets [3:09]
21. Surrender [6:35]
22. Chapter 22 [12:14]
23. Chapter 23 [9:49]
24. Chapter 24 [10:54]
25. Chapter 25 [12:13]

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