A tour of the Hotel des Invalides, and more particularly of the Army Museum and the Saint Louis Chapel. From François I's armor to Guynemer's airplane, to Napoleon's and Marshall Foch's ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Star:

Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

An early example of ultra-realism, this movie contrasts the quiet, bucolic life in the outskirts of Paris with the harsh, gory conditions inside the nearby slaughterhouses. Describes the ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Franju
Stars: Georges Hubert, Nicole Ladmiral, Alfred Macquart
Judex (1963)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Favraux, an unscrupulous banker, receives a threatening note, signed by "Judex", demanding that he pay back the people he has swindled. He refuses, and apparently dies after a midnight ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Franju
Stars: Channing Pollock, Francine Bergé, Edith Scob
Short | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A residential area schoolboy discovers the odd universe of the Parisian metro. At a time, he glimpses the beautiful face of a blond-haired little girl. Later on, he falls asleep and dreams his first love dream...

Director: Georges Franju
Stars: Pierre Devis, Lisbeth Persson
Cat's Cradle (1959)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Images of two women, two men, and a gray cat form a montage of rapid bits of movement. A woman is in a bedroom, another wears an apron: they work with their hands, occasionally looking up. ... See full summary »

Director: Stan Brakhage
Stars: Jane Brakhage, Stan Brakhage
Tokyo Drifter (1966)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

After his gang disbands, a yakuza enforcer looks forward to life outside of organized crime but soon must become a drifter after his old rivals attempt to assassinate him.

Director: Seijun Suzuki
Stars: Tetsuya Watari, Chieko Matsubara, Tamio Kawachi
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In the First World War, when Paris is expected to fall to the Germans, the attractive widow, Princesse de Bormes, organises a convoy of cars to evacuate the wounded from the front, and ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Franju
Stars: Emmanuelle Riva, Jean Servais, Fabrice Rouleau
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When he learns his days are numbered old count Hervé de Kéraudren decides to hide in a secret alcove and to die there, just to annoy his heirs. As a result of his body not being found the ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Franju
Stars: Pierre Brasseur, Pascale Audret, Marianne Koch
Nuits rouges (1974)
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The butler of the writer Maxime de Borrego goes to the store of an old lady and tells that his boss probably knows the location of the Templars treasure, expecting to receive a reward. The ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Franju
Stars: Gayle Hunnicutt, Jacques Champreux, Josephine Chaplin
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young man and woman's honeymoon is cut short when the man learns that his mother has fallen ill back at home. The newlywed couple rush there to discover the other sons neglecting their ... See full summary »

Director: Luis Buñuel
Stars: Lilia Prado, Esteban Márquez, Luis Aceves Castañeda
Short | Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

This brief documentary-style film presents the status of Great Britain near the end of the Second World War by means of a visual diary for a baby boy born in September, 1944. Narration ... See full summary »

Director: Humphrey Jennings
Stars: Michael Redgrave, Myra Hess, John Gielgud
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Kubelka was asked to do a documentation group of Europe's hunters in Africa, working on it for hours and do the editing very extreme so film live leaving only 12 1/2 minutes, Kubelka also ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Kubelka
Short | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A biography of the pioneer film director Georges Méliès, featuring his son André playing Georges, and with shots of his second wife, aged 90.

Director: Georges Franju
Stars: Jeanne d'Alcy, François Lallement, André Méliès
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Récitant / Narrator (voice)
Edit

Storyline

A tour of the Hotel des Invalides, and more particularly of the Army Museum and the Saint Louis Chapel. From François I's armor to Guynemer's airplane, to Napoleon's and Marshall Foch's tombs. But this is no ordinary tour,it is rather a chilling visit guided by Georges Franju and narrated by Michel Simon emphasizing - at times through biting humor -not the glory but the nonsense of wars, but their tragic aftermath. Written by Guy Bellinger

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary | Short

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1952 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Der Invalidendom  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Slaughterhouse museum
24 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

Franju had been making shorts for more than ten years before he broached the feature film in 1959 with his debut "La Tête Contre Les Murs" .With the exception of "Les yeux Sans Visage" his shorts are more famous around the world ,particularly "Le Sang Des Bêtes" (1948) Two years later,"Hotel des Invalides' is in a way more of the same:it's no longer the blood of the beasts ,it's the human blood ,this blood which was shed in interminable wars .Franju's is not one of these documentaries you watch respectfully: it's a committed work .

IT looks like an academic short;it begins with the historic facts:Louis the Fourteenth ,the Sun King wanted a place for his old campaigners to rest and to end their life .Today ,the Invalides are the army museum,but Franju and the voice over (provided by none other than Michel Simon!)make it some kind of chamber of horrors .His camera makes the dome of the monument,in the distance, as disturbing as the slaughterhouse he depicted two years before.When a pair of lovers are playing with a canon,the voice remarks :"don't they know it means death and destruction?" or something like that.The way Franju films the armors (even one child's armor )gives the jitters.

In the rooms of the museum devoted to WW1,Franju interrupts the visit and scenes of WW1 in the trenches are edited in ;it ends with the casualties of war figures:one man out of 27 people in France.

The end of the visit may look like,to some , nice,as a group of children sings the old folk song "Auprès De Ma Blonde" .These children are "Enfants De Troupe" (Children reared by the army)-see for that matter Yves Boisset's movie "Allons Z'Enfants" -:fortunately, it does not exist anymore ,for these children were cannon fodder .And whey they sing the line "Et Ma Jolie Colombe Qui Chante Jour et Nuit" (=and my sweet dove who's singing day and night)we can ask to ourselves "how many seas must a white dove sail/before she sleeps in the sand? "(Bob Dylan) "Aupres De Ma Blonde" was written at the beginning of the eighteenth century,during the wars in Holland under the Sun King's reign.We've come full circle.


9 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Hôtel des Invalides (1952) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?