Cinema: Flame-Out

Paris When It Sizzles is a multimillion dollar improvisation that does everything but what the title promises. It fakes, falters and fidgets. But mostly it just fizzles.

William Holden plays a hard-drinking hack screenwriter, given exactly 48 hours to hatch a movie script. He is assisted by Audrey Hepburn, the loveliest little stenographer a hack ever had, who reports to his Paris hotel suite with an overnight bag full of Givenchy originals. While falling in love on the job, Hepburn and Holden imagine themselves to be the hero and heroine of a movie within...

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