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Title The battle for Paris [videorecording] / written and directed by Peter Hartl, Ricarda Schlosshan.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Store  940.5421 GERM MJ28  disc 2 epis.3-4    AVAILABLE
Physical description 1 videodisc (53 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Series As it happened
Germany's war - the liberation (Television programme) ; episode 3.
As it happened (Television program)
Notes Off-air recording of the SBS-TV programme broadcast 21/05/05. Copied under Part 5A of the Copyright Act 1968.
Colour recording system: PAL ; Region all.
Contents Copyright notice: Commonwealth of Australia. Copyright Regulations. 1969. Warning.
Credits Created by Guido Knopp ; research, Christine Kisler, Markus Bach, Julia Hölzen ; editor, Nanni Leitner ; music, Peter Richter ; English version: script & subtitles, Felicity Mueller ; George Burchett, Keith McLennan ; producer, Keith McLennan.
Performers English version, narrator: Alastair Duncan.
Summary A recreation of D-Day for Paris, in August 1944, drawing on personal narratives of participants and local residents, revisits to the scenes of actions, with selected footage from newsreels and the national archives. The German army was still very much in control, and enjoying the good life of Paris. That summer's day, the growing tension, underlying the eerie calm in the emptying streets, erupted into open fighting. Next, a group of German soldiers, on their way to buy food, were showered with bullets in their vechicle. So began the revolt against the German occupation. Initially centred on the Police Prefecture, it soon spread all over Paris. The Germans were not ready, caught by surprise, but with superior fire power they still held the upper hand. For the French resistance fighters, who had finally emerged to reclaim Paris, it was a gamble with life and death. Hitler had planned for Paris to be destroyed, if it could not be defended militarily.
Paris had its share of Nazi collaborators, like Pétain and others who benefitted from the occupation. It too had French Jews who were persecuted, with the active support of Pétain's government. Amidst it all, emerged a leader in exile in London, Charles de Gaulle. As the Allies advanced, following their success in Normandy, the French Resistance planned its own attacks, with the help of Allied dropped weapons. German responses were swift and harsh; but VE Day eventually dawned for Parisians. Includes selected archival footage of Paris on D-Day, the dark days of occupation, fear and persecution, to VE Day and the triumphant parade along the Champs-Elysées. Features, above all, Charles de Gaulle's emergence as victor, on 26th August, working to restore the confidence of the people of Paris, and laying the ground for his own rise to political power.
System notes DVD.
Original Version First released: [Germany?] : ZDF Production in association with the History Channel [U.K.] ... [et al.], c2004. English version. [Sydney?] : SBS TV, c2004. Original released in series: Germany's war - the liberation.
Language notes Closed-captioned in English; personal narratives in French, some in German, with English subtitles.
Local note ERC DVD copy is recorded with: Disc 1 epis. 4. Arnhem to the Ardennes.
Other author Hartl, Peter, 1961-
Schlosshan, Ricarda.
Knopp, Guido, 1948-
Leitner, Nanni.
Mueller, Felicity
Burchett, George.
McLennan, Keith.
Duncan, Alastair.
Subject Gaulle, Charles de, 1890-1970
Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945
Pétain, Philippe, 1856-1951
Allied Forces. Army Group, 21st
Forces françaises de l'intérieur
Germany. Heer -- History -- World War, 1939-1945
Insurgency -- France -- Paris
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Western Front
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- France -- Paris
World War, 1939-1945 -- France -- Collaborationists
World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, German
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives
World War, 1939-1945 -- Regimental histories
World War, 1939-1945 -- Underground movements -- France
World War, 1939-1945 -- Underground movements -- Jews
Paris (France) -- History -- 1940-1944
France -- History -- German occupation, 1940-1945
France -- Politics and government -- 1940-1945
Local series Arnhem to the Ardennes