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Paris brûle-t-il? / IS PARIS BURNING?
It Happened Yesterday

Towards the end of World War II the Allied armies are heading for Paris where the different divisions of the French Resistance are attempting to prepare themselves and organize an uprising. The German general in charge of Paris, Dietrich von Cholitz, has explicit orders from Hitler to burn and destroy the monuments were they to lose control of the city or the Allies to come too close. But, although he is one of Hitler's right-hand-men, von Cholitz unexpectedly disobeys orders.
BIOGRAPHY
RENE CLEMENT 1912-1996. Questioned in France for his classicism and reluctance to accept the subsequently inevitable renovation of French cinema, the best of his work is to be found in his earlier films: La bataille du rail (1946), Au-delà des grilles (The Walls of Malapaga, 1948), Jeux interdits (Forbidden Games, 1951) and Plein soleil (Blazing Sun, 1959). He later embarked upon coproductions of lesser weight, such as Les félins (Joy House, 1964), Le jour et l'heure (The Day and the Hour, 1962) and Jeune fille libre le soir (The Babysitter, 1975).
CAST & CREW
Director
René Clément
Screenplay
Gore Vidal, Francis Ford Coppola
Photography
Marcel Grignon
Edition
Robert Lawrence
Music
Maurice Jarre
Cast
Jean-Paul Belmondo, Leslie Caron, Orson Welles, Gert Fröbe
Running Time
175 m.
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