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Product Details

  • Actors: Elizabeth Taylor, Van Johnson
  • Directors: Richard Brooks
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: PD Productions Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: March 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004TTLH6Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,243 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Christian Lehrer on October 6, 2002
Format: DVD
What a wonderful movie. Elizabeth Taylor is captivating in one on her many fine performances in "The Last Time I Saw Paris". Van Johnson gives a compelling and very believable performance as a frustrated writer flirting with Alcoholism and disaster in his marriage. We have a young and very handsome Roger Moore playing a tennis bum wooing the unhappy Taylor. Donna Reed, Eva Gabor and Walter Pidgeon also give this film their best. Melodramatic to say the least, but not to be missed. CAL
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By The CinemaScope Cat on December 19, 2011
Format: DVD
At the end of WWII in Paris, a G.I. (Van Johnson) meets an attractive American (Donna Reed) in a bar but when he meets her sister (Elizabeth Taylor), it's love at first sight. Based on the short story BABYLON REVISITED by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the film has been updated from its 1920s "lost generation" setting to post WWII Paris. Yet the setting seems wrong because the characters themselves still feel like they walked out of his TENDER IS THE NIGHT. That aside, the film remains a glossy and lush melodrama of a free spirit (Taylor) mismatched with a buttoned down newsman (Johnson, the film's only weak link). Taylor is at her most movie goddess beautiful here and looks terrific in her Helen Rose gowns. In contrast, Reed overdoes the bottled up, resentful sister. The Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein song The Last Time I Saw Paris is lovely but overused in the underscore to the point of distraction. It could use a remake but this time utilizing the original 1920s setting. Directed by Richard Brooks. With Walter Pidgeon, Roger Moore, Eva Gabor, George Dolenz, Kurt Kasznar, Sandy Descher, Celia Lovsky, John Doucette and Ann Codee.

The Warners Archives MOD DVD is a gorgeous Technicolor print, finally rescued from public domain Hell and those dreadful soft and faded transfer. If you're going to buy it, this is the one to get.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By M. Sonderman on February 27, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I enjoy the movie or else I wouldn't have ordered it. However the quality of the film was very poor. It was grainy and the sound was not good quality. I was disappointed.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Childress on July 29, 2007
Format: DVD
The cinematographer for this film was the legendary four-time Oscar winner Joseph Ruttenberg. But sadly the film has suffered greatly over time, and was not restored before being digitized for DVD. Throughout the film, the color and brightness constantly change and flicker, to the point of being very distracting, not to mention disappointing. The storyline is a bit of a soap opera, made enjoyable by terrific actors and the wonderful Parisian scenery. But sadly, the deterioration of the film saps it of its vitality. I hope that one day it will be restored.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Schuyler V. Johnson VINE VOICE on January 27, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This is a classic not only for its genre but for its stars, Van Johnson and Elizabeth Taylor. A wonderful romantic drama with exquisitely detailed characters. True to the F. Scott Fitzgerald story with haunting performances and musical score. Van Johnson's best performance, unlike anything he's done before or since. Stays with you...Classic story, brilliant acting and something most contemporary movies lack today...originality and the ablility to keep audiences riveted without special effects, violence and other distasteful additions. Take a trip back to Hollywood's Golden Era...
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Henning Sebastian Jahre on June 20, 2000
Format: DVD
Elizabeth Taylor has been quoted saying that this is the film that made her want 2 be more than a mere moviestar. It was the first time since Angela Vickers in A Place in the Sun, that she was proud of her work. She got rave reviews and both her talent and appearance is startling. I can`t remember seeing her so natural and good in any other picture. The film has been dogged by many critics and has suffered from little reputation. In my opinion however; THE LAST TIME I SAW PARIS is the best Taylor, with A PLACE IN THE SUN, WHO`S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? and CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF. Trivia: "a viewer from Oslo, Norway" is in fact me.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth B. Barrett on February 17, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
At long Last a decent copy of a film I have loved for years.Good picture and Good Sound. Over the years I have purchased many inferior copies,this is the best print Ihave ever had, thanks to WB archives. A very satisfied customer. Thank You Amazon

Ken Barrett
Mooroolbark Vic
Australia
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Simon Davis on March 4, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
"The Last Time I Saw Paris", was a very important film in a number of ways for Elizabeth Taylor and she herself has commented in interviews that it was the first of her adult acting roles where she had a character to work with that wasn't just surface glamour but had deeper more interesting dimensions to it. Certainly her character of Helen Wills does reveal a new depth in her acting and most certainly helped pave the way for her great triumphs in the coming years in top class films like "Giant", and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" that elevated her to super stardom. Interestingly this was Elizabeth's second teaming with leading man Van Johnson having already worked with him in a trite little comedy called "The Big Hangover". This time around Elizabeth Taylor is first billed in the credits over veteran MGM performer Johnson which illustrates clearly her growing worth with MGM who were now seriously grooming her for more meaty adult roles.
Based on a short story called "Babylon Revisited" by none other than F. Scott Fitzgerald, the screen writers have fashioned a tragically poignant love story that tells the story of two star crossed lovers who seemed to have "missed the boat", in obtaining a meaning in their lives in Post War Paris. Van Johnson plays Charles Wills a young reporter for the "Stars and Stripes" in Paris. He secretly dreams of writing the great novel that is in his head and in the midst of the celebrations for VE Day he encounters two very different sisters, Helen Ellswirth a flighty, beautiful fun loving girl not used to any responsibilty and her older sister Marion (Donna Reed),the down to earth emotionally repressed one.
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