March On Paris 1914--Of Generaloberst Alexander Von Kluck--And His Memory Of Jessie Holladay

  • 1977
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Fantasy, War

An unusual, witty, and delightful film fantasy based partly on the memoirs of a German general who tried to invade Paris in 1914 and partly on the visions of its director. Brandes is the general who attempts the ill-fated invasion and is turned back at the Paris suburbs by a group even more motley than his own. Interspersed throughout this story is a fantasy...read more

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An unusual, witty, and delightful film fantasy based partly on the memoirs of a German general who tried to invade Paris in 1914 and partly on the visions of its director. Brandes is the general who attempts the ill-fated invasion and is turned back at the Paris suburbs by a group even

more motley than his own. Interspersed throughout this story is a fantasy suggesting that the reason for the failure was Duane, a young woman with whom the general had an affair years before. Using contemporary scenes and narration derived from the real general's memoirs, battle plans, and

photographs, Gutman spins an unusual tale brimming with imagination. The director doesn't just tend to the main story but adds ruminations that seemingly have nothing to do with the matters at hand. Gutman himself was one of the more unlikely candidates to become a filmmaker. At age 74, he had

already worked as a stock market analyst, art critic, and painter before turning to cinema. He claimed the only reason to make the film was to take Mrs. Duane on a trip to France where the film was shot. She was, he wrote, "a beautiful young woman who, curse the fates, is a half century younger

than me."

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  • Released: 1977
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: An unusual, witty, and delightful film fantasy based partly on the memoirs of a German general who tried to invade Paris in 1914 and partly on the visions of its director. Brandes is the general who attempts the ill-fated invasion and is turned back at the… (more)

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