de 13h00 à 14h30
Lycée Pierre Bayen
Serge Viallet & Pierre Catalan
Film length : 26 min
Language(s) : French
Genre : Documentary
PRESENted by SERGE VIALLET & JULIEN GAURICHON
1944, DE GAULLE IN LIBERATED PARIS (2009)
In the early afternoon of August 26, General Charles de Gaulle strides gallantly down the celebrated Avenue des Champs Elysées. Arriving in front of Notre Dame Cathedral, shots ring out
Renowned cameraman Gaston Madru filmed several minutes of the fire fight in front of Notre Dame. But most of his footage was long forgotten, or lost. How could that have happened? What does his footage reveal of the gun fire – as well as other moments during that famous day?
1945, Japan Surrenders (2012)
Tokyo Bay, Japan. September 2, 1945. On board the USS Missouri, an American battleship.
Several weeks ago, American atom bombs devastated Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Japan has capitulated. This morning at 9, eleven Japanese government and military officials climb aboard the Missouri to sign the surrender agreement.
At the microphone stands the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, American General Douglas MacArthur. This ceremony was meticulously prepared according to his will, staged before Allied military leaders and some 170 cameramen, photographers and journalists convened for the occasion.
These are the closing moments of the Second World War.
But just before it ends, the otherwise well-metered ceremony runs into disarray. Devastated by the document they’ve been handed, the Japanese refuse to accept it.
Why? What happened?
And why such an elaborate staging on the deck of a battleship anchored in Tokyo Bay?
What were General MacArthur’s intentions?