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If Paris Were Told to Us

If Paris Were Told to Us

A Feature film by Sacha Guitry

Produced by Franco-London Films, Gaumont, Courts et Longs Métrages (CLM)

Release in France : 10/02/1956

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Franco-London Films, Gaumont, Courts et Longs Métrages (CLM)

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Historical film directed and written by Sacha Guitry follows the the history of Paris from its founding through the significant events in the city's history.




Producer/director Sacha Guitry's contribution to the 1956 film season was the free-flowing historical pageant Si Paris Nous Etait Conte (If Paris Were Told to Us). Guitry himself appears as the ghost of King Louis XI, who relates the story of Paris to a group of fascinated modern-day students. As usual, Guitry manages to "humanize" history by depicting the great men and women of France in amusing warts-and-all fashion. Symbolizing the indomitable spirit of Paris is Robert Lamoureaux as Latude, a prisoner of the Bastille who repeatedly tries to escape, and just as repeatedly is captured and thrown back in jail. A note of pathos is provided by Jacques de Feraudy as the dying Voltaire. Though Sacha Guitry suffered a stroke and was confined to a wheelchair throughout much of the filming of Si Paris Nous Etait Conte, he still had two more films left in him before his death in 1957--just 10 days after Bastille Day.

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Full credits (21)

Assistant Director :

Eugène Lourie

Dialogue Writer :

Sacha Guitry

Line Producer :

Clément Duhour

Director of Photography :

Philippe Agostini

Sound Assistant :

Emile Lagarde

Camera operators :

Jean-Marie Maillols, Raymond Letouzey

Editor :

Paulette Robert

Continuity supervisor :

Francine Corteggiani

Art Director :

Pierre Tyberghein

Costume designers :

Monique Dunand, Maggy Rouff

Location Manager :

André Chabrol

Adapter/dialogue writer :

Sacha Guitry

Producers :

Alain Poiré, Henry Deutschmeister

Screenwriter :

Sacha Guitry

Sound recordists :

Joseph De Bretagne, Emile Lagarde

Assistant Operator :

Georges Barsky

Production Manager :

Gilbert Bokanowski

Assistant editor :

Nadine Trintignant

Production Designers :

René Renoux, Henri Schmitt

Music Composer :

Jean Françaix

Still Photographer :

Jean Klissak

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Feature film

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100% French

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2 h 10 min

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