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Paris when it Sizzles (Widescreen)
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Paris When It Sizzles
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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The plot is unimportant, and some of the scenes are just ridiculous; but, that is what makes them fun. The whole movie for me is when they are all in a tiny euro-car driving through Paris, and Audrey Hepburn's 'princess hat' is sticking out of the sun-roof; funny!
I wouldn't spend too much on this one, but it is still a funny, sweet comedy with some great little moments.
Audrey: On Sundays, if I was a good girl, I would get to feed the giraffes!
William: Don't tell me you had giraffes as a child too!
It doesn't get any better than this duo. I mean, they have such chemistry that they can pull off a kiss 4 minutes into the movie (yes, we counted)! Great! If you are looking for a movie to watch, this will work any day of the week. It's better with friends though, because the laughter just increases. So rent or buy...just watch!!
Most recent customer reviews
It is a quirky little movie with a flash-back format that initially is confusing, but which one gets on to after a while. Hepburn and Holden are very good together.
Corny dialogue, over-the-top romantic scenes, mediocre acting, William Holden - this movie embodies everything that could go wrong in a 50's movie. Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2010 by Jo
Two great actors, but a weak script. Not the calibre we generally enjoy with vintage Hepburn.Published on Aug. 11 2009 by Hepburn fan
Well I purchased this movie from Amazon a week or so ago, and I decided to sit myself down and watch it last night. Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2008 by G. Motychko
HAD I READ ALL REVIEWS, I WOULD HAVE FOUND OUT THE TRUTH ABOUT THIS FILM. THE 5-STARS REVIEWS ARE SIMPLY NONSENSE, THEY DON'T GIVE YOU AN ACCURATE FEELING FOR THE MOVIE. Read morePublished on April 5 2004
I was so dissapointed!
I kept watching just thinking it would get better.
Don't waste your time. This is painful!
'Paris When It Sizzles' is a funny, light-hearted masterpiece that is made even better by the two brilliant stars, Audrey Hepburn and William Holden. Read morePublished on July 29 2003 by Amy Andrews
I agree with the viewers from Texas -- this was AWFUL! I couldn't wait for it to end. And until seeing this, I didn't think Audrey had made any truly bad movies. Read morePublished on July 27 2003 by jeffsdate
This is indeed a great film with William Holden and Audrey Hepburn and is seldom shown on television. Read morePublished on May 4 2003 by Rosella Ann Myles
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