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    Children attend school near Verdun, France despite the danger of bombing and poison gas.

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    Within Range of the Guns - schoolchildren of Pont-A-Mousson near Verdun, France, attend school regularly despite bombardments and poison gas - 1916.

    GV a room piled high with sandbags against the walls; nuns putting gas masks on kids; slight pan to left; nun in FG bending down to tie mask on a child. It takes them some time to get the masks fastened. CU Same; one little boy with mask on stares toward camera; a nun finishes putting gas mask on the next kid; then steps away; leaving a row of children wearing gas masks along with their regular clothing. They look like something from a nightmare or horror movie! Monster or zombie children.

    Nun retrieves a handkerchief which a little girl has dropped Shot of a long narrow room; empty except for the masses of sandbags stacked against the walls; one woman teacher at the far end. A line of girls run through door and across room; toward camera; tying their gas masks as they run. Nuns come hurrying behind the kids. The children and the nuns disappear into hole in the floor; meanwhile on far end of hall little boys climb down through another trap door into the cellar. Strange and scary and kind of sad and funny at once.

    Chemical warfare; safety; breathing. World War One. French civilians. Also ON 411C.

    G 368 B.

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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
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    2K at Filmfinity
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:11:43:00 / 01:12:42:00
    ON 033 K

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