Paris When It Sizzles

Published September 2, 2023

Paris When It Sizzles

Film info

  • Title Paris When It Sizzles
  • Director Richard Quine
  • Year 1964
  • Run time 1hr 50m
  • Genres Romance, Comedy
  • Tagline Go absolutely ape in...

William Holden portrays a screenwriter with a script deadline in three days. When he asks secretary Audrey Hepburn to help concoct ideas, she acts out a potpourri of preposterous plots.

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Time Comment
5:13 “This means vous. And vous too!”
11:21 Love his breakdown of a movie!
18:24 Well, she’s bubbly.
19:23 Haha, that is Sinatra singing it.
19:42 “…interminable list of other credits.” Tell me about it!
36:22 Is that was serendipity means?
39:07 “If I was good, I was allowed to feed the giraffes.” Weird sentence.
49:58 If it was this easy to write a scrappy old screenplay, we’d all be doing it.
56:54 Art imitating life… but you can’t trust anything in this movie.
57:24 “Unfortunately Miss Simpson, we’re not writing a musical.”
1:12:58 Omg, did they know she was doing My Fair Lady? They came out the same year.
1:21:20 “After our parcheesi game this afternoon, I’m yours forever and ever.”
1:31:38 Quite enjoying Maurice/Philippe in the ’non-taxing role of second policeman.'
1:41:01 They have used the word ingenuous a lot in this film.
1:50:01 “Two enormous and highly-paid heads…” Haha!


This is such a fun movie and you can just tell how much Audrey Hepburn is enjoying playing the part and jumping about through all the different movie genres. It’s a clever premise and really sweeps you up to start with, although I think it gets a bit repetitive towards the end, you sort of just want to know where they’re going to end up and to keep reversing in time ends up a bit frustrating.

But they’re great together, and it’s a great satire of so many film tropes that it’s definitely worth a watch.

Rating: 3 / 5

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