Paris When It Sizzles

Paris When It Sizzles

Director: Richard Quine Cast: William Holden, Audrey Hepburn, Gregoire Aslan

DVD (Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Mono)

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Paris When It Sizzles, a frothy lampoon of the movies starring Audrey Hepburn and William Holden, died at the box office in 1964 and was then quickly forgotten. While no classic, it does offer plenty of fun, two perfect leads, an array of star cameos (everyone from Tony Curtis to Frank Sinatra), and a jazzy Nelson Riddle score. Its rapid-fire spoof of cinematic clichés has a very modern sensibility, not unlike a more romantic version of The Simpsons. The old video butchered the film in the pan-and-scan process, making it seem like director Richard Quine had no clue about camera placement and editing, when in fact he was in complete control of the material. Thankfully, the excellent anamorphic widescreen transfer shows that the film has Hollywood craftsmanship to spare, with rich, deep colors. Plenty of stars who displayed romantic chemistry on the screen couldn't stand each other. This was not the case for Holden and Hepburn; the two were deeply in love and Holden was devastated when Hepburn wouldn't leave her husband for him. Perhaps the inside story of their relationship will be discussed in a future DVD release of Paris When It Sizzles (or Billy Wilder's sublime Sabrina). In the meantime, this disc offers a welcome chance to reevaluate this minor but still underrated film.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/10/2001
UPC: 0097360631449
Original Release: 1964
Rating: NR
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time: 1:50:00

Special Features

Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs; Dolby Digital: English mono; French mono; English subtitles; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Holden Richard Benson
Audrey Hepburn Gabrielle Simpson
Gregoire Aslan Police Inspector
Noël Coward Alexander Meyerheimer
Raymond Bussières Gangster
Christian Duvallex Maitre d'Hotel
Marlene Dietrich Guest Star
Thomas Michel Actor
Fred Astaire [singing]
Dominique Boschero Actor
Evi Marandi Actor
Frank Sinatra [singing]
Tony Curtis Second Policeman
Mel Ferrer Guest Star

Technical Credits
Richard Quine Director,Producer
George Axelrod Producer,Screenwriter
Gabriel Bechir Set Decoration/Design
John R. Coonan Associate Producer
Jean D'Eaubonne Art Director
Hubert de Givenchy Costumes/Costume Designer
Joseph DeBretagne Sound/Sound Designer
Carter DeHaven Associate Producer
Christian Dior Costumes/Costume Designer
Julien Duvivier Original Story
Paul Feyder Asst. Director
Charles Grenzbach Sound/Sound Designer
Henri Jeanson Original Story
Charles B. Lang Cinematographer
Paul K. Lerpae Special Effects
Archie Marshek Editor
Frank McCoy Makeup
Nelson Riddle Score Composer
Henri Tiquet Camera Operator

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. An Alexander Meyerheim Production [5:35]
2. Boy Meets Girl [5:51]
3. Deadline [6:53]
4. An Idea [4:40]
5. Conflict [6:48]
6. A Liar And A Thief [5:12]
7. Lunch [8:20]
8. The Switch [6:25]
9. Continuity [4:26]
10. Revisions [5:04]
11. The Plot [5:38]
12. Inside The Studio Gates [6:10]
13. Switches On Switches [8:11]
14. Party Scene [10:06]
15. Getaway [7:07]
16. The End [5:50]
17. Boy Gets Girl [7:53]

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