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Paris: Public Executioner

Series

Series Name
The March of Time 1st Year

Issue

Issue No.
8
Date Released
1936
Stories in this Issue:
  1. 1USA: Army Manoeuvres
  2. 2Paris: Public Executioner
  3. 3Geneva: League of Nations

Story

Story No. within this Issue
2 / 3
Summary
Fielding synopsis: "...a screen biography of Pierre Deibler, France’s chief executioner - ‘The Outcast of Paris’. In a lively piece of cinematic Grand Guignol, the March of Time cameras followed this untouchable through the streets of Paris at dawn, watched him set up his guillotine, described the grisly occupation that he had inherited from his father, and returned with him to his tomb-like house in the Paris suburbs to speculate on rumors that this lonely man planned retirement, fearing that he, like his father, might go mad."
Researcher Comments
Titled ‘The Outcast of Paris’ as Issue 1 of Volume 2 in the USA.
Keywords
Death; Law
Written sources
Fielding, Raymond. The March of Time 1935-1951 (New York, 1978)   p138.
Credits:
Production Co.
Time Inc.

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Film Archive

Name
British Film Institute (BFI)
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Notes
The BFI National Archive also preserves the original nitrate film copies of British Movietone News, British Paramount News, Empire News Bulletin, Gaumont British News, Gaumont Graphic, Gaumont Sound News and Universal News (the World War II years are covered by the Imperial War Museum).
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