- Paperback: 404 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; New title edition (Mar. 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0446392251
- ISBN-13: 978-0446392259
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 532,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Is Paris Burning Paperback – 1 Mar 1991
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About the Author
Dominique Lapierre - the noted French author - has several celebrated books to his credit, including City of Joy, Freedom on The Soviet Roads and Chessman Told Me. A Fulright scholar of economics at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, he travelled all over the world. In 1954, while serving in the French army, he met Larry Collins, a Yale graduate and draftee, to form an abiding friendship and literary partnership that produced renowned books such as Freedom at Midnight, O Jerusalam !, Mountbatten and the Partition of India. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
The ever-dependable Gert Frobe plays von Choltitz and Orson Welles plays Nordling: both do an efficient job but neither can save this turkey from the appalling screenplay by Gore Vidal and Francis Ford Coppola. The dialogue is stilted and the acting, apart from the two leads mediocre at best. Almost all of the Vigntettes, which are meant convey the human interest against the backdrop of momentous events are excruciatingly hackneyed: every time a touch of sentimentality occurs involving a stock character you just know he or she is a goner!
It’s running time of 173 minutes is like watching paint dry! How many tanks, armoured cars do we need to see driving through little towns; how many ecstatic French shopkeepers venturing out to cheer them on. If there are any highlights it’s the true newsreel footage interspersed between the mock battles and one glorious scene in which American G.I, Anthony Perkins, eschews the charms of a grateful Parisian mademoiselle to gaze in awe at the phallic Eiffel Tower over her shoulder!Read more ›
Although the movie follows the plot in C.Ryan's book pretty well, you don't quite sense the same urgency and importance of the neccesity to liberate PAris. The power struggle between Colonel Rol and the Gaullists are hardly shining through, neither is de Gaulle's stubborness in the whole matter. He actually threatened Eisenhower that he would pull all the French forces out if the Allied didn't march on Paris.
Also the clips from actual films taken during the Paris uprising doesn't do the movie any good. The scenes could have been made much better and clearer.
But it well worth watching.
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I totally enjoyed this detailed account of the time leading up to the liberation of Paris. It's thoroughly researched and full of interesting personal stories of the the lives of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shauna J. Lazarus
Product as described, prompt delivery, excellent service. Thank you!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A very good copy of this film, have not seen this since its release in the 60's, well donePublished 5 months ago by D L Chamberlain
This is one of the top classic films set during the last war it is when the German army entered Paris and threatened to burn it to the ground this is the story of the men and women... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
speedy delivery ...disappointed inmovie ..just found it too outdatedPublished 10 months ago by shirley jenkins
Yes, an enjoyable (!) read. There is some injection of fiction I suspect in the style of a modern TV series which makes it flow easily. Read morePublished 10 months ago
If you enjoy WW2 history you will love this book. Even if you don't enjoy history you will love this book. You may not be able to put it down. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mr. C. A. Lachman