26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Battlefields seen from an airship
Battlefields seen from an airship

Battlefields seen from an airship

director: Lucien Le Saint
original title: Les champs de bataille en dirigeable
country: France
year: 1919
running time: 11 min.


Battlefields seen from an airship, Ailette, Reims, Paris, France, August, 1919
Lucien Le Saint, aboard a French Navy airship, flies over former battlefields in Northern France and Belgium, observing the state of cities and landscapes changed by the war.

He flies over an area stretching from the River Ailette in the Department of Aisne to Reims in the Marne department. He overlooks Paris and its monuments including Sacré Coeur, the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower.

The footage also features: Chemin des Dames, Berry-au-Bac, The Vesles Valley, Fère-en-Tardenois, Reims and Paris.

© Département des Hauts-de-Seine – Musée Albert-Kahn, collection Archives de la Planète

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director: Lucien Le Saint
producer: Albert Kahn
photography: Lucien Le Saint
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