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Title:SCENES OUTSIDE THE HOTEL DE VILLE AND AT THE ARC DE TRIOMPHE [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 136-5
Description: Crowds wait outside L'Hotel de Ville, the seat of the Comité National de La Resistance, for the arrival of General de Gaulle who did not eventually turn up. Spahis form a Guard of Honour at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of a colour party from the 2nd French Armoured Division, drawn up before a large audience consisting of war veterans and members of the Resistance as well as ordinary members of the public.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Harris, L W J (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Free French Forces, Div, Armoured, French, 2 (regiment/service)
British Army, Army Film and Photographic Unit (regiment/service)
Keywords: buildings, French - monumental: Arc de Triomphe (object name)
buildings, French - monumental: tomb of the Unknown Warrior (object name)
ceremonies, French - event-related (object name)
Arc de Triomphe, Paris, Département de Ville de Paris, France (geography)
Hotel de Ville, Paris, Département de Ville de Paris, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See with A70 136-1, 2, 3 and 4, 137-1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, and 140-9 for footage taken during the liberation of Paris. This material was probably intended for inclusion in a feature documentary by Roy Boulting which in the end did not materialise. 'The True Glory', an Anglo-American production whose subject, the N-W European campaign, eventually filled this gap.
Remarks: Best seen with items of film footage listed above.
Documentation/associated material: for a journalistic account of the liberation of Paris and the political dissension within the Paris FFI and the French resistance movement generally, read 'Is Paris Burning?' by Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins and see 'Journal de la Resistance' for film shot during the FFI uprising in the city before the Allies appeared on the scene.