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Paris When it Sizzles

3.3 out of 5 stars 274 customer reviews

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Product Description

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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Paris When It Sizzles is an unusual screwball comedy to say the least. Whether it works is another matter, but the premise and humor are interesting enough to make it enjoyable. The basic problem with the film is its two stars: William Holden and Audrey Hepburn hardly sizzle with onscreen chemistry, and Hepburn's character, Miss Simpson, falls far too easily into the hands of Holden's drunken screen writer. However, the story is an interesting play on the typical Hollywood romance, with two plotlines running in parallel to each other. Holden's Richard Benson has only two days to finish a script for an enigmatic producer (Noel Coward). Hepburn's Miss Simpson is drafted in as the typist and as the script is dictated it manifests itself on the screen, allowing the two lead characters to play out any number of romantic stories. It's the cameo appearances in the imaginary world that really steal the show, with the blink-and-you'll-miss-it last screen appearance by Marlene Dietrich, as well as Tony Curtis having fun with his own screen persona. Not one of Hepburn or Holden's best, but worth a look purely for the interesting slant on the mechanical nature of Hollywood's romances. --Nikki Disney

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Product Details

  • Actors: William Holden, Audrey Hepburn, Grégoire Aslan, Raymond Bussières, Christian Duvaleix
  • Directors: Richard Quine
  • Writers: George Axelrod, Henri Jeanson, Julien Duvivier
  • Producers: Richard Quine, Carter De Haven Jr., George Axelrod, John R. Coonan
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: April 10, 2001
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (274 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005ALMI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,136 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Paris When it Sizzles" on IMDb

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Format: VHS Tape
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.Read more ›
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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!
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HOWEVER, Paris When It Sizzles is a fun light-hearted movie and a must see for every Audrey Hepburn fan.The premise is that Ms. Hepburn plays Gabriella, a typist from the Typist Bureau. Living in Paris, she is sent to a most magnificent hotel room where she encounters the very tan and handsome (and not to mention shirtless) William Holden, a playright with a bit of ADD. They set out together to finish the play he has been procrastinating by acting out the scenes and of course there are some romantic antics that follow.Of course, Monsieur Hubert de Givenchy provided our starlett with a deliciously gorgeous wardrobe (definitely with seeing).Overall, I would recommend Paris... because it is mindless and easy on the eyes. There are some fun cameos, such as from Marlene Dietrich, Mel Ferrer, Tony Curtis and the venerable Noel Coward as Alexander Meyerheim.
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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!
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This is one of my all time favorite Audrey Hepburn movies. Starring also William Holden, they're unbelievably cute together on the screen. Some of the parts in this movie were drop-dead hilarious. Tony Curtis' lines of "Sir, I'm not Maurice. I'm Phillipe. Maurice. Maurice." were pretty funny and Audrey Hepburn's "Yes, when I was a little girl, on Sunday mornings, if I had been good, I could go and feed the giraffes in our private zoo in the castle" were funny as well. Some of the things in this movie are *really* cheesy, but that's what makes it a great movie. The chemistry between Holden and Hepburn can't be missed. Watch with an open mind, though, because if you're not open-minded or a big 'movie critic', you may not like this movie as well. So, go out and buy it. It's definately worth the price.
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