digital video montage dealing with guillotine execution in the early part of the 20th century; most notably that of eugene weidmann in 1939. the enthusiasm of the crowd, as well as the fact that the event was filmed from an apartment window, became major factors in the french governments decision to ban public executions. as a result, the weidmann execution was the last public guillotining in france before the death penalty was finally abolished in 1981. musical setting is the viola solo "elegie" by igor stravinsky, performed by miles hoffman..

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Author Walter Batty (6 days)
The actor whose character was guillotined in the film papillon did a
fantastic job and was totally convincing. I suppose he must be dead in
real life by now.

Author joshjhutton (6 months)
They so much need to bring this back. Its virtually painless and quick as
can be.

Author Bojan366 (5 months)
2:25 is scene from some mowie i wached years ago. Here is just fotoshoped
to lock like wery old original fotage. We are fooled. ;) 

Author jober2290 (2 months)
for those who are unsure that was footage from a movie called papillon with
dustin hoffman and steve mcqueen!! it was in no way real just edited in
black and white for effect!! great flick!

Author Lord Necromancer (9 months)
2:30 that scene is from Papillion with Steve McQueeen.

Author Aidan Convery (14 days)
They always find the few parasites willing to be executioners.

Author jade lisa (4 months)
There is something wrong with you if you can use the guillotine and pull
the string to release it on someone's head without any remorse 

Author Peter Whitehall (6 months)
Quick, economical, but messy.

Author phil rud (6 months)
For the next revolution in France against the bankers....

Author Marcfj (5 months)
Disgusting! If you're going to execute someone at least allow him the
dignity of dying in one piece.

Author acoow (1 year)
The shock to the spinal cord and the sudden loss of blood pressure causes
nearly instant loss of consciousness. The Guillotine is the most human
form of capital punishment created.

Author JORGE SOLIS (6 months)

Author Josef Zack (6 months)
when i think aobut it, this is probably the only thing la belle france ever
did right.

Author Spaz Modicus (5 months)
Why are the French so good at making sauces???
And I don't mean fucking condiments - HP* and Ketchup are NOT sauces.
Hollandaise - named after the first Frenchman to climb Mount Everast, is a
Buchinklock - named after the first Frenchman to die during
autoasphyxiation (wanking with a belt round the neck - like Michael
Hutchinse, David Carradine and Ronald Reagan died doing).

The French Sauciere trains for 14 years to perfect his art.
During his 10th year he lives above the snowline in the Alps and meditates
of the sounds and smells of nature.
He learns out to make sauce from just noise and ambience
When he is ready to graduate as a fully qualified sauciere (one of only 6
that graduate every year) he says an oath to the body of Napoleon and burns
the picture of a saint in his hands......

There's nothing gay about French cooking.

*HP is Houses of Parliament 'Sauce' (actually a condiment, made in

Author gruff5 (7 months)
music's pretty depressing. Couldn't you have found something more cheerful?

Author Mimi Mgd (5 months)
Was The body moving in the box? 

Author mike wright (10 months)

Author hoofbags (5 months)
Recent scientific research, probably by experimenting on animals, suggests
that this is an extremely painful way to die.

Author kimsuratos (1 year)
That is so frickin' gross and wrong >.<

Author Matt Steiger (10 months)
Screw the head shaver, the Guillotine is the original HeadBlade!

Author JaraldthePale ConsumerUnit (9 months)
fast way to kill a lot of people really fast.

Author Safa Ryan Homayoon (4 months)

Author Andrew O'Donnell (1 year)
Get real, it's a most evil and wicked invention - the French are berserk

elle posséde vraiment une sale gueule !

Author J Judge (1 year)

Author macroevolve (3 months)
The guillotine is a macabre device

Author David Kim (10 months)
It was often practiced to hold up the just cut-off head by the hair so it
and the audience could look at each other. Tales of up to 30 seconds,
responding by blinking, once twice but failing to reach tree times, and
making faces after being slapped. Because real evidence is covered up,
it's probably not good.

Author Miklos Halasz (1 year)
sick soon shall vomit on the film .nobody gat the ringt to take othr Life.

Author Nelson Baietti (1 year)
at 4:15... is this the real footage of the 1977 last guillotine execution?

Author Jake Biggins (9 months)
PEOPLE LOVE IT especially the demented brits
the human race is fucked up

Author J Judge (1 year)
he deserved it or something worse. a slow painful death would have been
eugen weidmann lured innocent, unsuspecting people to their death. google
hi s name. burn in 

Author Alessia85thebest (1 year)

Author Rod Doney (1 year)
There is annecdotal evidence that the head has conciousness for up to 90
seconds. Google it.

Author madmax92gsx (3 years)
@ahmaddinejungilvez key word "physical"

Author richard fey (2 years)
Yes arabs can by swotd

Author Graham Jowett (3 years)
have a listen to these experts.. as if any of you know ... laughable really

Author ChicaWolverina (2 years)
I wish that it would be updated and brought back for use with all the
corrupt T-Party Fascists, Prison Gangs, Rapists, Sikhs, Muslims, corrupt
FBI and CIA types, Dr. Condalisa Rice and every former the members of the
Bush administration etc, plus the "Business" leaders and their Nazi friends
in this country!

Author alberferdi1 (2 years)
le progrès enterré !! nostalgie ,nostalgie : l'abbaye de cinq pierres : la
seule issue vers la rédemption pour les assassins .

Author Mark Elder (3 years)
@055697 zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz attention folks, we have a
bovinely stupid redneck here! (you're a Yank, right?)

Author koolkoop (3 years)
if some one is put to death the person that well executioner should die to
i mean he has just killed a man . I FU***** DESPISE CAPITAL PUNISHMENT YOU

Author chicken4247 (3 years)
@kevinsalami ur right it is ... beheading is still used in saudi today
because of this reason.

Author Liss P (3 years)
@fullmetaljaco why should animals suffer?

Author Leonn Esquivel (3 years)
hella legit man

Author J kK (3 years)
Death is not instant with the guillotine. The brain and the body do not
"instantly" die. Because it is so swift, the head and body go on for
several minutes. They say the eyes can actually see right after the
beheading. Death is never "instant" unless pulverized, like in a plane
crash where the plane smashes into a mountain or the groud at high speed.

Author madmax92gsx (3 years)
guillotine was actually a really quick way to die. pretty much no physical

Author Baldoxxx4000 (3 years)
Uhhh guillotine is nothing, being burnt alive is worse....

Author brontewcat (3 years)
@Airxson Which goes to show that the US is not yet as civilised as it would
like to think itself. Have you ever wondered why virtually every other
western country has abolished its use. You migh also look at the crime
statistics - particularly murder and you would be hard put to find any
country where the murder rate has gone up when the death penalty has been

Author gerry3x (3 years)
my head hurts...

Author bern bren (1 year)

Author perlaand (3 years)
@ipage1 Thank you commenting. Most humans are heavily conditioned by
religion and misconception on life. Each one that awakes from the daylight
dream is an enormous step because he enlightens all around without doing
anything. So, if you "know" you become responsible. Waken up and we will be
just fine.

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