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Paris When it Sizzles

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

1960s romance has drinking, smoking, sexual references.

Movie NR 1964 110 minutes
William Holden and Audrey Hepburn's heads and shoulders features beneath writing about their characters on the poster for Paris When it Sizzles.

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While it's a typical boy-meets-girl romance, the two leads -- Benson and Hepburn -- are as delightful as ever in this elaborate movie-within-a-movie that has a few extra tricks up its sleeve. In Paris When it Sizzles, much of the fun can be found in the meta aspects on the film, which feel quite ahead of their time. As the pair talk about movie techniques and plot devices, so they happen on-screen. Hepburn, for example, says Sinatra would sing a line, and he does. Later she describes a character as handsome, "like Tony Curtis," and guess who shows up? Add to that the colorful streets of Paris, full of life and playful energy, and this is a thoroughly enjoyable potential classic that has been somewhat underrated and ignored over the years.

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