- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 56 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: April 16, 2002
- Originally Released: 1954
- Label: Alpha Video
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"I'm sick to death of death!"
- Helen (Elizabeth Taylor) to Charles (Van Johnson)
"I may not be able to cook or sew, but I sure can find myself a taxi--it's the first thing I learned in finishing school."
- Helen to Charles
Description by OLDIES.com:
The classic song by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II and beautiful Parisian settings provide the perfect backdrop for this romantic favorite. Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's Babylon Revisited
, this motion picture tells the story of a writer (Van Johnson) who returns to Paris and remembers the life he once led in The City Of Lights.
During the Liberation of Paris at the close of World War II, he meets and falls in love with a beautiful rich girl (Elizabeth Taylor at the height of her MGM beauty and stardom). They marry and have a lovely daughter together. But life's harsh realities (her family has lost it's fortune - he is tortured with the rejection a young aspiring writer must face) threaten to tear their love apart. A true romantic classic.
Based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald story "Babylon Revisited," this epic romance is a captivating blend of Parisian expatriate high society and the struggles in post-WWII Europe. When war writer and veteran Charles Wills (Van Johnson) meets the lovely and restless Helen Ellswirth (Elizabeth Taylor) in Paris after the war, the two strangers instantly fall in love, basking in the glory of a free Paris. Helen and her father, James Ellswirth (Walter Pidgeon), are eccentric American expatriates living life in high style but always on the brink of going broke. Charles is captivated with the Ellswirthses' reckless and fun-loving lifestyle, staying out all night, gambling and living life in the glory of the Left Bank artistic society. Charles and Helen get married and have a family, but life becomes more difficult as they continue on with their free-spirited and reckless adventure. Elizabeth Taylor is glorious as the lovely young ingenue Helen, who loves Charles in spite of herself. Her stunning costumes are shot beautifully, contributing to the glorious style of this beautifully rendered epic.
An American WWII veteran relives his memories of the dazzle, romance, and hard times in the postwar City of Lights. THE LAST TIME I SAW PARIS stars Van Johnson as Charles Wills, a war writer who meets a mercurial and beautiful young socialite in Paris, Helen Ellswirth (Elizabeth Taylor), and falls in love with her in the years following the war. This epic romance captures the joys and tragedies of expatriates in café society Paris and features Elizabeth Taylor at her luminous best.