The Last Time I Saw Paris
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The Last Time I Saw Paris
Loosely based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story Babylon Revisited, MGM's The Last Time I Saw Paris is a star-studded soap opera, luxuriously lensed by director Richard Brooks. In his last film as an MGM contractee, Van Johnson plays reporter Charles Wills, who while covering the VE Day celebrations in Paris, meets and falls in love with the gorgeous Helen Ellsworth (Elizabeth Taylor). Soon afterward, Charles and Helen are married. Charles supports his wife with a low-paying wire service job, devoting his evenings to writing a novel. After numerous rejections, Charles is more than… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This picture tries to please everybody. It won't."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"An enjoyable (if heavy-handed) melodrama."
‑ , Time Out
"An engrossing romantic drama that tells a good story with fine performances and an overall honesty of dramatic purpose."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"F. Scott Fitzgerald's tragic love story was brought to the screen with surprising vitality under Brooks' expert hand."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Technicolor Parisian travelogue, MGM-style, that barely skims the Fitzgerald source material."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
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