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Paris When it Sizzles
Paris When it Sizzles
Actors: William Holden, Audrey Hepburn, Grégoire Aslan, Raymond Bussières, Christian Duvaleix
Director: Richard Quine
Genres: Classics, Comedy
NR     2001     1hr 50min

A screenwriter has a deadline and no script until his secretary comes to his rescue by acting out a series of preposterous plotlines. Genre: Feature Film-Comedy Rating: NR Release Date: 8-AUG-2006 Media Type: DVD


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Actors: William Holden, Audrey Hepburn, Grégoire Aslan, Raymond Bussières, Christian Duvaleix
Director: Richard Quine
Genres: Classics, Comedy
Sub-Genres: Classics, Romantic Comedies, Classic Comedies, Audrey Hepburn
Studio: Paramount
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 04/10/2001
Original Release Date: 04/08/1964
Theatrical Release Date: 04/08/1964
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 50min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 8
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Stupid, but still has fun moments...
R. Gawlitta | Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA | 09/13/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"There's so much to say. I saw this in 1964 when it was first released, and thought to myself that George Axelrod was having writer's block, so he wrote a movie about it. Richard Quine directed most of the bubbly comedies in the 60's (which are now justifiably forgotten), and this is almost one of them. There are many things, however, that make this film compelling to a film aficianado (as I like to think of myself). The acting is unforgivably hammy, but the hamminess is energetic. Let's not forget that Hepburn (Roman Holiday) and Holden (Stalag 13), both won the top acting Oscars in 1953, and they were paired the following year by the great Billy Wilder in "Sabrina". There, they had absolute chemistry; 10 years later...where'd it go? There are an awful lot of very clever one-liners. I liked most of them. Especially clever was when she was chased around the table by the vampire, and terrific product placement has a bottle of Heinz Steak Sauce visible. There are clever cameos from Noel Coward, Marlene Dietrich, Tony Curtis and Frank Sinatra (vocal). Unfortunately, clever one-liners do not make a plot. There really isn't one. Still, it's some great actors having more fun than the viewer. Hepburn is quite radiant; Holden still has charm (mixed with smarm). There's also Fred Astaire singing "That Face", which I think is original for this film. Not a bad song. Referring to Audrey, the song is appropriate. She never looked so beautiful, even in "My Fair Lady", released the same year. I guess it's a pretty lousy film overall, though production values are high. The DVD has a nice 1.85:1 LBX, though Paramount had VistaVision, which was wider (20th Century Fox had Cinemascope, United Artists had Panavision, etc). The price is right, but if you want to really watch great actors chew up scenery, hammy 'n all, wait for the DVD release of "Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte". It might happen...It's a GREAT display of film-making and production values. As a film achievement, "Paris When It Sizzles" ...fizzles..."
CHUCK WEST | 07/02/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you are French or of French ancestry, celebrating Bastille Day (July 14) outside of France, this is the film for you. Audrey Hepburn and William Holden are great in this stream-of- conciousness story of a writer and his typist creating an original script in just one weekend, about a plot that takes place, in Paris, all in one day-Bastille Day (July 14). Although some viewers, who are not willing to watch with an open mind, may find it hard to follow, those who watch with the proper perspective will thoroughly enjoy this spoof on the difficulties involved in the creative process. Watching Audrey Hepburn's and William Holden's characters distill their sudden ideas and sudden blocks into a cohesive and logical storyline are a joy to follow along with. Even though it can be a start-stop-start-stop train of thought, that's the real fun of this movie: watching the "story- within-the-story" evolve. You don't what to expect next, what parts of what you just watched will be deleted, will they move backward or forward? THAT'S the challenge and the FUN of this great, visionary (and for its time,experimental) film! Of course, the wonderful scenery, fashions, and production values are in keeping with what viewers would expect from an Audrey Hepburn comedy. Watch for Tony Curtis in a hilarious cameo role as Audrey Hepburn's beatnik boyfriend. Audrey's Gabrielle is equally hilarious trying to communicate with him in beatnik-speak, and winds up sounding like France's first (Loire)Valley Girl..."Oh, Maurice, I'm, LIKE, so happy for you..." Also watch for cameos by Marlene Dietrich, and others, including a voice-over cameo by Frank Sinatra, as imagined singing the would-be title song of the film being created, "The Girl Who Stole The Eiffel Tower." Break out the baguettes, the escargot, and the Perrier: the scene in which the writers order room service will have you salivating on the spot. And remember, "it's a twist on a twist on a twist on a twist on a twist on a twist on a....""
A most romantic movie!
CHUCK WEST | 11/11/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I bought this movie a week ago and have watched it about 12 times already. It's one of the most romantic movies I've ever seen! Which accounts for some of the bad reviews it's gotten -- by men. But men are notorious for not caring for romantic movies. Here's my assessment, ladies: Holden is a sun-tanned, shirtless, gorgeous specimen of manhood, with that damn sexy dimple that drives women wild! And Hepburn is the epitome of femininity, spirit, and charm. Their screen personas are not far from their own personalities. Holden plays a cynical, insecure screenwriter badly in need of a jolt of fresh inspiration, idealism, and joy for life -- all of which Hepburn's character exudes in spades! Which, of course, explains Holden's own attraction to Hepburn. After seeing this movie I bought 3 book biographies and 3 video biographies on Holden and Hepburn. This is a wonderful romantic comedy written by George Axelrod ("Breakfast At Tiffany's"). It's a gem!"
Bubbly Fun
Randy Buck | Brooklyn, NY USA | 04/23/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I'd avoided PARIS WHEN IT SIZZLES for years because of the universal pans it received -- what a mistake! The new DVD release will undoubtedly give the film a new lease on life, and hurrah for that. What movie did the critics see? This picture may not be top-drawer work from anyone involved, but it's still a great deal of fun, and definitely worth a look. Hepburn is enchanting, as always, and it's enjoyable to see her spoofing horror and action film conventions. Knowing her real-life feelings for Holden adds a special poignancy to their work together here, particularly in his big self-loathing monologue; her reaction shots to him are very moving. He's game, as are Tony Curtis and Noel Coward in cameos, and there's real wit in the Axelrod screenplay. If only the average comedy released today could have a tenth of the style or flair in this "flop" of Hollywood's later golden era!"