Is Paris Burning? (1966)
Is Paris Burning?
Drama / War
Directed by Rene Clement
Cast: Jean-Paul Belmondo as Pierrelot
Charles Boyer as Docteur Monod
Leslie Caron as Françoise Labé
George Chakiris as GI in Tank
Kirk Douglas as Gen. George S. Patton Jr.
Glenn Ford as Lt. Gen. Omar N. Bradley
Yves Montand as Sgt. Marcel Bizien
Anthony Perkins as Sgt. Warren
Simone Signoret as Cafe Owner
Robert Stack as Brig. General Wm L. Sibert
Orson Welles as Consul Raoul Nordling
Gert Frobe as General von Cholitz
Billy Frick as Adolph Hitler
In 1966 Paramount Pictures released Is Paris Burning?, a dramatic war film directed by Rene Clement. Filmed in France, it was shot in black and white, reportedly because the government of France refused to allow the red and black Nazi flag to be displayed, only allowing gray or black and white representations of the flag to be flown.
The prologue of the film says, “This is not the story of a beautiful city - not as we know it today - but as it was in its most perilous and also its most glorious hours. Paris in 1944, after four years of bitter occupation, was seething on the verge of revolt against the Nazi oppressors. With the allies almost at the doorstep, the French Resistance in the city, composed of many divergent groups, struggled bitterly among themselves to find the way to liberation. TIME WAS TERRIBLY SHORT…"
After having been occupied by the Axis forces for four years, France is about to be liberated by the Allies near the end of World War II. Various resistance factions in Paris have been struggling to save their city, often at odds with each other.
When Hitler learns that the Allies are on the brink of liberating Paris he orders his senior officer in Paris, General von Cholitz, to burn the city rather than let the Allies have it. Von Cholitz, realizing that Hitler is mad and that the war is nearly lost, struggles to find a way to avoid having to destroy the beautiful city.
Actors: Charles Boyer, Leslie Caron, Kirk Douglas, Glenn Ford, Anthony Perkins, Simone Signoret, Robert Stack, Orson Welles