Is Paris Burning?  

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Is Paris Burning? (French: Paris brûle-t-il?) is a 1966 Franco-American film dealing with the 1944 liberation of Paris by rival branches of the French Resistance (communist and gaullist) and the Free French Forces.

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Plot

The title is Hitler's question to his chief of staff Alfred Jodl on the eve of the liberation of Paris (August 25): the military governor of Paris, General Dietrich von Choltitz, had been ordered to destroy Paris rather than let it fall undamaged into the hands of the Allies, but General von Choltitz disobeyed.

About

It is based on a best-selling book by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre and was directed by René Clément, from a screenplay by Gore Vidal and Francis Ford Coppola.

The film stars Kirk Douglas, Glenn Ford, Gert Fröbe, Orson Welles, Anthony Perkins, Robert Stack, Charles Boyer, Yves Montand, Leslie Caron, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Simone Signoret and Alain Delon.

Box office receipts were disappointing, perhaps because the film is difficult to follow without knowledge of the backstory. The scenes showing the infighting among factions of the French Resistance are especially likely to baffle the casual viewer.

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