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The Man Who Lived at the Ritz (1989)

During WWII, a penniless American painter, Philip Weber, decides to collaborate with the Nazi leaders and help them steal priceless French artwork to keep his room in the chic Ritz Hotel and indulge himself in Nazi-occupied Paris.

Director:

Desmond Davis

Writers:

A.E. Hotchner (novel), Gordon Cotler (teleplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Joss Ackland ... Hermann Goering
Sophie Barjac Sophie Barjac ... Martine
Geoffrey Bateman Geoffrey Bateman ... Fuerbach
Leslie Caron ... Coco Chanel
Nathalie Cerda Nathalie Cerda ... Edith Piaf
Marc Dejonge Marc Dejonge ... Auxerre
Mylène Demongeot ... Madame Rochaise
Donald Douglas ... Major Ritter
Lynette Dundas Lynette Dundas ... Denise
Richard Durden ... Man Ray
Marc Duret ... Pierre Monet
Christian Erickson Christian Erickson ... Karl
David Gabinson David Gabinson ... Delocque
John Grillo ... von Behr
Murray Gronwall Murray Gronwall ... Louis Delor
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During WWII, a penniless American painter, Philip Weber, decides to collaborate with the Nazi leaders and help them steal priceless French artwork to keep his room in the chic Ritz Hotel and indulge himself in Nazi-occupied Paris.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 1991 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

A férfi, aki a Ritzben lakott See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Harmony Gold See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Edited from Where Eagles Dare (1968) See more »

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Good cast ... pretty-good movie
29 January 2010 | by dennisg-6See all my reviews

This is a pretty-darn-good World War II movie. The Germans take over the Ritz Hotel in Paris. Perry King has lived there for years (and, so, is allowed to stay). Later, he befriends Field Marshall Herman Goering; (after noticing that one of Goering's "valuable" paintings is a forgery), he gets hired as his art expert. Later, he gets pulled into the Resistance movement. At this point, the story gets dangerous for him (and continues to the end). Coco Chanel (Leslie Caron) becomes his close friend; he loves one of Coco's models. I enjoy David McCallum's role, as the weak-kneed son of the famed Ritz owner (who also gets involved in the Resistance).

It's a long movie (over 3 hours), so it fully paints each of the characters, and fleshes out the plot.


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