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Is Paris Burning? "Well, what the hell," said General Eisenhower, "I guess we'll have to go in." The Supreme Commander was talking about the liberation of Paris in late August 1944, and his remark quite properly categorizes that event as a military sideshow. In this Franco-American production, how, ever, the liberation is celebrated as a military epic, the greatest victory of the Gallic spirit since Roland held the pass at Roncesvalles.

Gratified by this interpretation, the French government advanced the moviemakers substantial quantities of war material, cordoned off large areas of Paris while...

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