Film: 8955

History | 1950 | Sound | B/W

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Reconstruction and history of the French Revolution

Panoramic view of Paris, perhaps from Notre Dame. View of street in Paris. Sign on screen - October 1795. Church of St Roch. Soldiers loading cannon. Man on street corner watching. He's wearing 1795 - style clothes. He retreats into a doorway. From off screen we hear shots. cannon fires. Soldiers reload it. People running down a street. The man on the street corner. He shakes his head. Placid rural scene. Sign on screen 1789. Coach and horses going along road by lake. The man from the street corner is in the coach - George roger. He's a member of the Third estate going to Versailles. Beside him a sleeping man. Map of France showing Paris and Versailles. Arrows indicate people going to the Estates-General from all over France. George Roger. Peasant in a field. Coach goes by. Peasant in field. he bows as nobles on horseback go by. A chateau. A monastery ? on top of a wooded hill. George Roger looking out of a window in the coach. He sits back. The coach pulls up in a town. George Roger gets out and goes to talk to another man, Monsieur Carde (?) George opens a file and hands Carde a letter. George sitting in the coach reading the Government's Financial Report. The cover of the report. George reading. The coach stops at an inn near Paris. George and his travelling companion get out of the coach. Inside the inn, the greet other deputies to the Estates-general. They talk - chess set on table. looking at papers. The innkeeper's boy shows an interest in what they are talking about. George uses the chess pieces to illustrate France's then form of Government. The innkeeper's boy sits down. On chessboard King, bishop, knight, pawn. The Third estate deputies want a written constitution. The boy says that in another room in the inn are some other deputies who also want a constitution. The other deputies, members of the nobility and clergy. They wanted a different sort of constitution though one noble wants his privileges enshrined in any constitution. He is talking to another nobleman. Two churchmen talking to a noble. The priests with their rights and privileges enshrined in the constitution. George and the innkeeper's boy. The chessmen. Previously the clergy ( First estate ) and nobility ( second estate ) voting together as units blocked the views of the commoners ( Third estate ). George and other third estate deputies. The innkeeper's boy. This time though the estates-general might vote on an individual basis. This is illustrated using the chessmen. The coach travelling to Paris. Versailles. Portrait of Louis XVI. Portrait of Mirabeau. Portrait of the Marquis de Lafayette. Parisians by the coach. Parisians wave goodbye to the coach. Picture of the meeting of the estates-general at Versailles. Deputies at Versailles. deputies at a table talking. A picture of the National Assembly ? meeting, Paris. Parisians on a pavement, talking. A man comes out of a house and runs off down the street. The people on the pavement and a woman who has come out of the house chase him. Swiss or German soldiers in a street. Three people lounging in the street watch them. One throws something after them. Two French soldiers guard a building. Members of a mob run past them. The French soldiers join them. Handing out weapons. Weapons being shaken in the air. The Bastille. Weapons waved in the air. At night. Armed men in front of a fire at Versailles - mob open the gate and run in. Palace of Versailles. George on Paris street corner. Deputies chatting to each other. A deputy shows them the first part of the constitution. George reads it. George and other deputies happy. Declaration of the Rights of Man. The deputies shake hands. Other deputies join them. A nobleman in an opulently-furnished room takes off a lavishly embroidered jacket and puts on a plain black one. Nobleman overseeing the packing of his possessions for removal overseas. Louis XVI trying to flee Paris in a coach. cartoon of Louis XVI in a cage subservient to popular will. Picture of Louis XVI being forced to accept the constitution of 1791. Map of Europe showing France and the countries which attacked her. Arrows show the direction of the attacks of 1795. Countries shown: Austria and Prussia. Painting of a battle . Picture of the storming of the Tuilleries Palace. Picture of Louis XVI being arrested. Portrait of Danton, portrait of Robespierre. Guillotine, statue of Louis XVI superimposed on it. Guillotine blade drops. George on street corner. French soldiers, one reading a declaration to the small crowd. Map of Europe showing attacks on France in 1793. Countries attacking France: Austria, Prussia, Great Britain, Spain and Holland. Locations of insurrections in France in 1793 shown on map of France. A Royalist arrested by revolutionary soldiers. M. Carde arrested by Revolutionary soldiers. Carnot. People watching the proceedings of the National Assembly. A deputy near George is arrested by soldiers. People being taken by cart to the guillotine. George talking to a couple of other deputies. Another deputy joins them. People running down a Paris street. Firing cannon. Soldiers by cannon. Officer with drawn sword - Napoleon Bonaparte ? Soldiers moving cannon. George on a street corner. George. George in inn. In 1789 reading papers and talking to other deputies. Noble and clergy deputies. Nobleman takes wig off. Peasant in field sowing seeds. George and other deputies reading declaration of the Rights of Man. People in a cart on the way to the guillotine. George walking down a street in Paris.


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