• Short Summary

    CITIZENS OF JOHANNESBURG BEGAN TO SUSPECT A FRENCH OCCUPATION OF THEIR CITY ON TUESDAY (APRIL 4).

  • Description

    CITIZENS OF JOHANNESBURG BEGAN TO SUSPECT A FRENCH OCCUPATION OF THEIR CITY ON TUESDAY (APRIL 4). A BRACE OF GENDARMES (FRENCH POLICEMEN) HOLDING SWAY OVER TRAFFIC AT JUNCTIONS ON TWO OF JOHANNESBURG'S MAIN STREETS WAS HARDLY THE MOST COMMON OCCURRENCE.

    AN APT WAY, PERHAPS, TO PUBLICISE A SPECTACULAR FILM ABOUT THE WARTIME OCCUPATION OF PARIS. 'IS PARIS BURNING'? HAS BEEN THE INSPIRATION OF COLOURFUL PUBLICITY STUNTS IN SEVERAL CAPITAL CITIES, AND THE APPEARANCE OF M. JEAN DRUELLE AND M. PIERRE MONLOUBON MARKED ITS ARRIVAL IN JOHANNESBURG.

    THE TWO FRENCH GENTLEMEN WERE THE GENUINE ARTICLE, AND HAD EVERY HALLMARK OF THE UNIVERSAL IMAGE OF A FRENCH POLICEMAN. WEARING THEIR BLACK CAPS, BLACK TROUSERS, WHITE JACKETS AND RED LANYARDS, THEY WILL REIGN OVER THE JOHANNESBURG TRAFFIC UNTIL THE WEEKEND.

    THEY ARE EVEN AUTHORISED TO ISSUE 'TICKETS' TO OFFENDING MOTORISTS. NOT THE USUAL LEGAL CASTIGATION FOR MINOR OFFENSES THOUGH -- JUST FREE PASSES TO THIS LARGE-SCALE FILM RECONSTRUCTION OF THE UPRISING AND LIBERATION OF PARIS IN 1944.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA34BM7L7JPHK0NIZDLPZAL4R90
    Media URN:
    VLVA34BM7L7JPHK0NIZDLPZAL4R90
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/04/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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