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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


    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.


    Actors (140)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producers :

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

    French distribution :


    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Editions René Château



    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 :

    Émile 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

    Adaptation :

    Sacha Guitry

    Producers :

    Alain Poiré, Henry Deutschmeister

    Screenwriter :

    Sacha Guitry

    Sound recordists :

    Joseph De Bretagne, Émile 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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    Runtime :

    2 h 10 min

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