STK-ID 20827

Falaise: LS of many tanks moving across a field, with cuts to two tank officers observing enemy through binoculars. Tank carrying rolled-up matting in a huge roll moves by the camera. Two soldiers advance cautiously through a darkish wood. Soldiers stand by signpost saying "Falaise" as vehicles move by, men on foot. Two soldiers round a corner of a wall towards the camera as bullets pepper walls above their heads, raising puffs of dust. More shots of infantrymen advancing cautiously, taking cover where indicated. Sequence on barrage, gun flashes in the murky air. Shots of tanks moving by the camera. CU of tread and bogeys of one tank. Shot of concrete side of a building being hit by tank fire, crumbling in cloud of dust. Closer shot of building facade crumbling into the street. Shot of fire on lower floor of gutted shop. Two HALSs of a single soldier checking houses on a street, intercut with CUs of soldier covering first from concealed spot. Tank moves across frame by the camera. Sign in background says "Danger, mines". MSs of evidence of mines: wrecked vehicles, with soldier salvaging what he can from one of the wrecks; a pile of defused land mines. Various shots of ruins, rubble, a pierced German helmet on ground. A soldier rides by in a captured midget half-track. Prisoners of war march past. CU of prisoner of war.


Excerpt from
Reportages nº 83
Falaise (Normandy)
National Film Board
Available formats
Reel 35 mm, HDCAM SR, Digital Video Disk
Shooting format
35mm fine grain b&w
Aspect ratio
Available resolutions
1920 x 1080