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Hôtel des Invalides (1952)

 |  Documentary, Short  |  1952 (France)
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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 »

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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

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Franju Looks at War
2 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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.

Franju has taken a very different approach to war in this short documentary. Rather than just focus on the history, he uses a museum to basically look at how things have not gone well in war, and how the after effects are generally not positive. (One could joke that the French have fared worse than others, but their country still stands, so that must say something.) Thanks to Criterion, this film can now be found easier than ever (on their release of "Judex") and may be appreciated by a new generation of film lovers and French historians.


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