Elizabeth Taylor & Van Johnson in The Last Time I Saw Paris

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The incomparable icon of beauty Elizabeth Taylor leads the way in The Last Time I Saw Paris, a delectable romance fraught with tragedy. Director Richard Brooks steers this delicate and deeply emotional film to lofty heights, letting his all star cast shine bright. Sweeping through elegant locales in Paris, Taylor meets the debonair Van Johnson and two are readily married. This creates friction with Johnson’s previous love interest, played beautifully by Donna Reed, sowing the seeds for future pain and suffering. But for the time being, Johnson and Taylor are a gorgeous couple on cloud nine living a luxurious life provided by a lump sum that Johnson received in inheritance. But as the two young lovers attempt to coexist, their inimical flaws become ever more divisive, causing sorrow. Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Paradise Revisited,” The Last Time I Saw Paris is a masterpiece of filmmaking that evokes powerful feelings of love and loss as well as giving viewers the pleasure of seeing a young Elizabeth Taylor.

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