Paris When It Sizzles (1964)


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William Holden plays Richard Benson, a screenwriter in staying in Paris who has only 48 hours to complete his current script. Little does the film's producer know, Richard hasn't even begun. In order to work more quickly, he hires a secretary, Gabrielle (Audrey Hepburn). As luck would have it, the two quickly fall in love and Richard fantasizes romantic scenes with Gabrielle rather than actually writing his script. In spite of their team efforts together in the past (Sabrina), Holden and Hepburn … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Romance , Classics , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Julien Duvivier , Henri Jeanson , George Axelrod
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On DVD: Apr 10, 2001
Paramount Pictures


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Critic Reviews for Paris When It Sizzles

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

A more appropriate title would have been Paris When It Fizzles.

Full Review… | January 31, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Above average Holden-Hepburn vehicle.

September 30, 2006
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Hopeless script, but lots to look at.

July 8, 2004
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Esta interessante farsa cita (e utiliza) os clichês mais batidos de sua época, enrolando-se sobre si mesma de forma divertida e despretensiosa.

January 20, 2003
Cinema em Cena

July 19, 2005

Audience Reviews for Paris When It Sizzles


Seems I'm in the minority for liking this little gem. I have a feeling that since Hepburn said it was one of her least favorite films, people fail to look beyond that at what a clever little piece this is. Or it may take an appreciation of cinema itself. To me, this was way before its time. It makes fun of the system, writers, and actors. Some of the film is very stupid or silly, but that's the point. They are writing a BAD film, and as such, we see this bad film come to life. It's also a great spoof. Tony Curtis, in a very extended cameo plays himself. But himself as an actor in a supporting role. It's hard to describe the brilliance of this performance. From his initial entrance with the exaggerated mannerisms of a method actor, to his delivery of lines usually reserved for insignificant extras. It does become tedious in spots, and Holden and Hepburn's romance is just as forced and sudden as the one in their poorly written movie. See this if you are a Curtis fan, or love seeing actors lampoon themselves. I'm surprised to see so much post-modernism so early on in cinema.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

Inconsequential piffle that wants to be a saucy souffle but is just a flat contrived trifle. Lovely locations and Audrey as a secretary who can afford to dress in Givenchy! can't make this nonsense sparkle. Guest cameos are totally wasted although Marlene Dietrich looks smashing.
A fizzle.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Good comedy-romance tale of a screenwriter and his secretary who act out story scenarios in an attempt to knock out a script in 48 hours.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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