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Is Paris Burning Paperback – 1 Mar 1991

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  • 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)
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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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Following the failed coup and Hitler surviving the von Stauffenberg assassination attempt, the Fuhrer appointed General Dietrich von Choltitz as military governor of Paris, with orders to raze it to the ground should it look as if it might fall to the advancing allies. The French resistance rise uop against the occupying forces and themselves proceed to occupy important government buildings. Fighting ensues, combatants on both sides die and von Choltitz is about to enact the Fuhrer’s order, after German sappers complete the planting of explosives on all the Seine bridges and important buildings. At this point the Swedish Consul, Ralph Nordling intervenes and manages to persuade von Cholditz of the futility of his order.

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!
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Despite the roll-call of famous French and American film stars that litter the film from start to finish. Simone Signoret, among others, has a too brief appearance. Interspersed with actual footage of taken in and around the city at the time of the occuaption, it's a fascinating and insightful vision of a terrible time for the inhabitants in the hands of the Nazis.
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An interesting film with a fine cast, mainly of cameo parts, but works well in an episodic way. Plus, actual library footage, interwoven in the narrative. Makes the film seem like a documentry. Quite long but sustains the action well.
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This is a classic and something, if you like drama documentaries, you'd like to have in your collection.
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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Fine music but quite dreadful film. Ghastly script, woeful acting and appalling continuity. It's surprising such a potentially good story could be so badly told.
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Good intent good cast and rather shallow on facts rather congested and confusing good documentary material but to remake it would be good deed.
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very good war film remember seeing this years ago as a CHILD
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I saw this once on TV years ago but never seen it since so I decided to buy the DVD. Its a good account of what happened when Paris was liberated. Good viewing for a war film buff like me.
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