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Paris - When It Sizzles

  • Comedy
  • Romance
  • 1964
  • Richard Quine
  • 105 mins
  • PG

Summary

A hard-drinking American screenwriter living in France is starved of inspiration and has two days to deliver a finished script. He enlists the aid of his hard-pressed secretary to help him act out plot ideas, leading them through a succession of bizarre misadventures. Romantic comedy, starring William Holden, Audrey Hepburn, Noel Coward and Tony Curtis

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Gowned in her trademark Givenchy, the irresistible Audrey Hepburn does her best in director Richard Quine's leaden remake of a soufflé-light French comedy (La Fête à Henriette) in which a screenwriter (William Holden), facing a deadline, is devoid of inspiration. He enlists the help of his secretary (Hepburn) in acting out possible scenarios, sending the film off into an unsuccessful hotch-potch of genres, periods and fantasy sequences. Though seeming understandably bemused at times, Hepburn is charming and keeps the nonsense and a dull Holden afloat, Noël Coward is the irate producer waiting for his script, and the Paris locations look gorgeous.

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Credits

Cast

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Richard BensonWilliam Holden (2)
Gabrielle SimpsonAudrey Hepburn
Police inspectorGrégoire Aslan
GangsterRaymond Bussières
Maître d'hôtelChristian Duvallex
Alexander MeyerheimerNoël Coward
2nd policemanTony Curtis
Guest starMarlene Dietrich
TBCMel Ferrer
TBCFred Astaire
TBCFrank Sinatra

Crew

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DirectorRichard Quine

Details

Theatrical distributor
Paramount Film Service Ltd
Languages
English | Italian | French | Spanish
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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