The Last Time I Saw Paris

This star-studded MGM classic is the film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Babylon Revisited." The romantic trails and tribulations of a rich girl and a writer who meet and fall in love in post World War II Paris
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DVD Features:

  • 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

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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

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 8


User Ratings: 2,730
Rating: B- -- Somewhat engrossing but too much a dull and heavy-handed tragic melodrama. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 27, 2015
Rating: 3.5/4 -- F. Scott Fitzgerald's tragic love story was brought to the screen with surprising vitality under Brooks' expert hand. Full Review
TV Guide
Apr 8, 2008
Rating: 2.5/5 -- Technicolor Parisian travelogue, MGM-style, that barely skims the Fitzgerald source material.
Film Threat
Mar 28, 2008
This picture tries to please everybody. It won't. Full Review
TIME Magazine
Mar 23, 2011
An engrossing romantic drama that tells a good story with fine performances and an overall honesty of dramatic purpose. Full Review
Apr 8, 2008
Rating: 1.5/5 -- What is to be said of such a picture? The story is trite. The motivations are thin. The writing is glossy and pedestrian. The acting is pretty much forced. Full Review
New York Times
Mar 25, 2006
An enjoyable (if heavy-handed) melodrama. Full Review
Time Out
Feb 9, 2006

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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.

Product Description:

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.

Plot Synopsis:

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.


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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 23,404
  • UPC: 089218301291
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