Burn­ing Down Paris

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Mon­day, 8.30pm, His­tory Sev­eral times in Au­gust 1944, Adolf Hitler de­manded that Paris be razed to the ground rather than sur­ren­dered to the Al­lies. Ev­ery build­ing was to be de­stroyed in­clud­ing the Lou­vre, the Eif­fel Tower and all the bridges. Bombs were primed in strate­gic places. On Au­gust 23, he com­manded: ‘‘ The city must not fall into the enemy’s hand ex­cept ly­ing in com­plete de­bris.’’ Who dis­obeyed the or­der and saved the city — was it the Ger­man gen­eral Di­et­rich von Choltitz, the gov­er­nor of Paris, who re­alised Hitler was in­sane and the war lost? Or was it Pierre Tait­tinger, chair­man of the mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil, who con­vinced Choltitz not to det­o­nate the ex­plo­sives? This fas­ci­nat­ing doc­u­men­tary com­bines archival footage and re-en­act­ments to tell the story. al­bums since the boys got to­gether in 1981, Me­tal­lica is the most com­mer­cially suc­cess­ful heavy metal band to hit the scene. This episode of Video was shown on ABC2 last year, but it’s worth watch­ing again if you’re a fan of thrash metal, speed metal and hard rock mu­sic. If you call that mu­sic.

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