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BIOGRAPHY (CBS): DE GAULLE (Black/White, 23 Minutes)
The original television biography documentary series gives its usual standard-setting treatment to the life of a man who saw himself as the embodiment of the spirit of France and who inspired many Frenchman to believe this was so for all his strengths as well as many others in and out of France that he was not for all his weaknesses. Narrated by Mike Wallace.
PORTRAITS OF POWER: DEGAULLE: PART ONE AND PART TWO (Color, 44 Minutes)
Series editor and contributor Drew Middleton provides intelligent and scholarly analysis and insight as well as personal bias and opinion regarding his personal experience of de Gaulle after many years of covering him as a journalist as well as his personal historical research. A special two episode treatment of the man by this venerable TV series based on the book PORTRAITS OF POWER, written by Harrison Salisbury and produced in part by The New York Times. Narrated by Henry Fonda.
DEGAULLE (Color, 46 Minutes)
An excellent 1988 French television Vision7/Gaumont production that focuses on the post-war history of de Gaulle, a period where he waited in the wings for 12 years to be called to power after resigning it in frustration in 1946, then assumed extraordinary powers to form the fifth French Republic and then reigned as its powerful but controversial President for ten years.
Charles de Gaulle, French general, politician and statesman, 18th President of France (1890-1970) was born in Lille, France. Charles Andre Joseph Marie de Gaulle was the leader of Free France (1940-1944) and the head of the Provisional Government of the French Republic (1944-1946). In 1958, he founded the Fifth Republic and was elected as the President of France, a position he held until his resignation in 1969. He was the dominant figure of France during the Cold War era and his memory continues to influence French politics. He was a decorated officer of the First World War, wounded several times, and later taken prisoner at Verdun. During the interwar period, he advocated mobile armoured divisions. During the German invasion of May 1940, he led an armoured division which counterattacked the invaders; he was then appointed Under-Secretary for War. Refusing to accept his government's armistice with Nazi Germany, de Gaulle exhorted the French population to resist occupation and to continue the fight in his Appeal of 18 June. He led a government in exile and the Free French Forces against the Axis. Despite frosty relations with Britain and especially the United States, he emerged as the undisputed leader of the French resistance. He became Head of the Provisional Government of the French Republic in June 1944, the interim government of France following its Liberation. As early as 1944, de Gaulle introduced a dirigiste economic policy, which included substantial state-directed control over a capitalist economy which was followed by 30 years of unprecedented growth, known as Les Trente Glorieuses ("The Glorious Thirty"). Frustrated by the return of petty partisanship in the new Fourth Republic, he resigned in early 1946 but continued to be politically active as founder of the Rassemblement du Peuple Francais (RPF) party, which means "Rally of the French People." He retired in the early 1950s and wrote a book about his experience in the war titled War Memoirs, which quickly became a classic of modern French literature. When the Algerian War was ripping apart the unstable Fourth Republic, the National Assembly brought him back to power during the May 1958 crisis. He founded the Fifth Republic with a strong presidency, and he was elected to continue in that role. He managed to keep France together while taking steps to end the war, much to the anger of the Pieds-Noirs (Frenchmen settled in Algeria) and the military; both previously had supported his return to power to maintain colonial rule. He granted independence to Algeria and progressively to other French colonies. In the context of the Cold War, de Gaulle initiated his "Politics of Grandeur," asserting that France as a major power should not rely on other countries, such as the US, for its national security and prosperity. To this end, de Gaulle pursued a policy of "national independence" which led him to withdraw from NATO's military integrated command and to launch an independent nuclear development program that made France the fourth nuclear power. He restored cordial Franco-German relations to create a European counterweight between the Anglo-American and Soviet spheres of influence through the signing of the Elysee Treaty on January 22, 1963. However, he opposed any development of a supranational Europe, favouring a Europe of sovereign nations. De Gaulle openly criticised the US intervention in Vietnam and the "exorbitant privilege" of the US dollar. In his later years, his support for an independent Quebec and his two vetoes against Britain's entry into the European Economic Community generated considerable controversy. Although re-elected President in 1965, in May 1968 he appeared likely to lose power amid widespread protests by students and workers, but survived the crisis with backing from the Army and won an election with an increased majority in the Assembly. De Gaulle resigned in 1969 after losing a referendum in which he proposed more decentralization. He died a year later at his residence in Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises, leaving his Presidential memoirs unfinished. Many French political parties and figures claim the Gaullist legacy. De Gaulle was ranked as "Le Plus Grand Francais de tous les temps" (the Greatest Frenchman of All Time) by the French magazine L'OBS.