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Is Paris Burning?

Is Paris Burning?

A Feature film by René Clément

Produced by Marianne Productions, Transcontinentale, Transcontinental films

Release in France : 26/10/1966

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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.

Source : IMDb



The film is based on the best-selling book by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre and was directed by René Clément, from a screenplay by Gore Vidal and Francis Ford Coppola. The music is by Maurice Jarre. Jarre's music for "The Paris Waltz" later had words added by Maurice Vidalin and became a patriotic anthem sung by Mireille Mathieu under the title Paris en colère.

Is Paris Burning? stars Kirk Douglas, Glenn Ford, Gert Fröbe, Orson Welles, Anthony Perkins, Robert Stack, Charles Boyer, Yves Montand, Leslie Caron, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Simone Signoret, and Alain Delon. It was filmed in 180 sites. Claude Rich plays two parts: General Leclerc, with a moustache, and Lt Pierre de la Fouchardière, without a moustache. He is credited at the end only with the part of Leclerc. His role as the young lieutenant is not by chance; Claude Rich, as a teenager, was watching soldiers in the street when the real-life Pierre de la Fouchardière called him into a building to protect him.

The film is almost entirely in black and white, presumably to better blend the documentary stock footage that is included in the film (the film was shot in black and white mainly because, although the French authorities would allow swastika flags to be displayed on public buildings for key shots, they would not permit those flags to be in their original red color; as a result, green swastika flags were used, which photographed adequately in black and white but would have been entirely the wrong color), but the closing credits feature aerial shots of Paris in color. The entire film was shot on location in Paris.

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Full credits (19)

Assistant directors :

Yves Boisset, André Smagghe, Michel Wyn

Authors of original work :

Larry Collins, Dominique Lapierre

Screenwriter :

Francis Ford Coppola

Sound recordists :

Jacques Carrère, Jean Nény

Production managers :

Louis Daquin, Jacques Mercanton

Assistant editors :

Annie Charvein, Françoise Merville

Production Designer :

Willy Holt

Foley artist :

Daniel Couteau

Artistic Director :

Pierre Guffroy

Location Manager :

Louis Wipf

Adapters/dialogue writers :

Jean Aurenche, Yves Boisset, Pierre Bost, Claude Brûlé

Producer :

Paul Graetz

Director of Photography :

Marcel Grignon

Camera operators :

André Domage, Georges Pastier, Jean Tournier

Editor :

Robert Lawrence

Continuity supervisor :

Yvette Vérité

Music Composer :

Maurice Jarre

Costume designers :

Pierre Nourry, Jean Zay

Sound Mixer :

Alex Pront

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Feature film

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French, English, German

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United States, France

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Majority French (United States, France)

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2 h 45 min

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Posters (1)


Festival Selections

Academy Awards - 1967

Academy Awards (United States, 1967)


Oscar Nomination in the Best Art Direction in a Black & White Film category : Marc Frédérix, Pierre Guffroy, Willy Holt