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March of Time -- outtakes -- Petain trial

Film | Accession Number: 2004.723.1 | RG Number: RG-60.4100 | Film ID: 2734

Exterior shots of the Palace of Justice, where the trial of Marshal Henri Phillipe Petain is taking place. Several shots of a police van arriving at the palace while French police watch. A policeman patrols the roof of the palace of justice; interior and exterior shots of Petain's barred windows. Judge Mongibeaux speaks with another man outside the palace. Spectators show their credentials to the police at the gate. Interior shots of the building; a man holds a movie camera. Lawyers or judges in robes enter; Petain watches as Attorney General Morney walks past him (we see Petain entering the courtroom later in the footage, so perhaps it is out of order or a different day). A couple of altercations break out between the police and people in the crowd at the back of the courtroom. The judges are seated and Mongibeaux (or Mornet -- they look very much alike) reads something (the indictment?) from a piece of paper. Mongibeaux (or Mornet) looks around the room. Petain enters the courtroom and is seated. He stands and reads his statement. Petain's lawyer, Fernand Payen, stands directly behind Petain and reads a statement. Mornet stands and speaks emotionally; the camera captures one reaction shot from Petain. Prosecution witnesses Michel Clemenceau, Paul Reynaud, Louis Maurin, and Albert Lebrun sit on a bench listening to the trial. Shots of journalists reporting on the trial.

Event:  1945 August
Production:  1945
Paris, France
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
Record last modified: 2021-06-03 12:48:38
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