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Is Paris Burning?

Director:  René Clément
Year Released:  1966
Rating:  1.5

Star-studded but hollow depiction of the liberation of Paris by the French Resistance and the Allied Forces, as the city fortifies itself against the ever-present German forces and manages to make the entry by American and French forces easier. You'd think with such inherently inspiring subject matter and two skilled writers building the script (Francis Ford Coppola and Gore Vidal) this would be deeply compelling, but the movie is scatterbrained and the dialogue is simply inane. I think the inclusion of too many separate characters (Orson Welles as the Swedish consul, Kirk Douglas as Patton, Glenn Ford as Omar Bradley, etc.) played by stars proves to be too much of a distraction for Clément, and why this needs to be three hours isn't entirely clear (there are many segments that could have been truncated). Incidentally, this movie would have been ten times better if everyone was in drag.

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