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on 19 March 2017
Great DVD and good value for money
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on 19 July 2017
Great DVD thank you
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 22 December 2015
Paris When It Sizzles is a dull and very disappointing, rather static 1964 romantic comedy; it is based on the story and 1952 French film, ‘Holiday for Henrietta’ by Julien Duvivier and Henri Jeanson. The film stars William Holden and the great Audrey Hepburn and features appearances by Noel Coward, Tony Curtis and Marlene Dietrich. Admittedly it shows promise, but I'm afraid it just does not deliver.

The story concerns a veteran playboy writer (Holden) who has been paid to write a screenplay for his boss played by Noel Coward, but he is rapidly running out of time and ideas. Hepburn plays a temporary secretary hired to quickly type the unknown script. The screenplay is intended to poke fun at the movie business, actors and studio heads.

But what to say about this film? Firstly Hepburn looks as stylish and beautiful as ever in her Hubert de Givenchy haute couture outfits, but gone is the chemistry Holden and Hepburn shared when filming 'Sabrina' in 1954. 'Paris When It Sizzles' is indeed a lightweight, frothy affair, which is intended as a madcap romantic comedy. Unfortunately, it lacks both ‘sizzle’ and sparkle. It totally falls flat in the comedy stakes, despite both star's best efforts. It's hard to identify the problem, is it the script, set, the production and direction, their on screen chemistry? Is it all five? I love Audrey Hepburn, but for me, this film is sadly not one of her best works.
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on 5 February 2003
The two stars of PARIS WHEN IT SIZZLES look uncomfortable in this - there's no denying it. Gone is the chemistry Holden and Hepburn obviously shared when filming SABRINA. Anyone who watches SABRINA and then watches PARIS cannot fail to notice the difference. It's hard to believe these are the same actors.
PARIS WHEN IT SIZZLES is a lightweight, frothy affair, intended as a madcap comedy. Unfortunately, it falls flat on it's face in the comedy stakes, despite both star's obvious best efforts. It appears they are trying too hard, and with good reason. Both were trying to be 'friends', but much water had gone under the bridge in the ten years since SABRINA (a wonderful romantic comedy, directed by Billy Wilder)was made.
At the time when SABRINA was being filmed (1954), Hepburn and Holden fell very deeply in love, and this is evident when watching them at that time, very obviously 'sizzling'. Sadly the relationship went sour, and Hepburn married someone other than the already married Holden. She got over it; he didn't. Holden sank deeply into alcoholism, and later professed Hepburn to be the love of his life.
PARIS WHEN IT SIZZLES is the first and last film Holden and Hepburn made together since SABRINA, and little wonder. PARIS is worth a look to see the discomfort of lost love between the two stars, and sadly the descent of Holden (who was later to recover his failing career in exceptional style with THE WILD BUNCH and NETWORK, the latter of which he received an Oscar nomination for.).
Otherwise, PARIS is worth a look only for the cameo appearances of Tony Curtis, Marlene Dietrich, Noel Coward and Mel Ferrer (Hepburn's husband).
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on 20 June 2007
The only saving grace for me was Noel Cowards portrayal as the enigmatic catalyst behind the Holden/Hepburn relationship in the film. Really thought that it was going to more, what a terrible vehicle for Hepburn and actually the real life relationship between the two just didn't transpose to screen. Hey ho, you can't win em all!!
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on 9 January 2014
It does not take long to notice that this film lacks a story, at least one in the accepted sense of the word. Why on earth Audrey Hepburn signed up to star in such an abysmal production is hard to understand, unless she was beguiled by the opportunity to wear some lovely dresses ! Tony Curtis pops up in an incidental scene which is a relative highlight of the film. (In his autobiography, he has one or two uncomplimentary things to say about the film, and that is only natural.)
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on 21 September 2016
These are 2 of my favourite stars. For years they have both delighted the screen with their talent and good looks.However I can honestly say that this is the worst film I have ever seen either of them in. It was a ridiculous story line with no story and had nothing whatsoever which could hold the attention span.The story was so crazy that it left the actors with no choice but to over-act. I tried but couldn't stay awake to see the very end so this DVD's demise is to send it to the charity shop and see if anyone else can make sense of it.
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on 22 November 2009
The only good thing about this film is Hepburn's luminous beauty, perfectly showcased in Givenchy dresses. Otherwise it's lame, boring, and dull, dull, dull. What a waste of two great actors.
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on 19 September 2015
Two stars battling with a ridiculous script and gradually drowning in a Parisian farce.
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on 11 September 2015
DID NOT LIKE IT VERY MUCH .POR WHEN YOU COMPARE IT TO SABRINA OR ROMAN HOLIDAY.
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