Execution by guillotine, 1792
The guillotine was a device used for carrying out executions by decapitation. It consisted of a tall upright frame from which a blade was suspended. The device is noted for execution in France and, more particularly, for its use during the French Revolution. There is graphic description of the process of death by guillotine and of the people who were executed in late 18th century France. On occasion the wrong person and the innocent were caught up in the execution frenzy. The film features an interesting retelling of a woman from Bordeaux who was required to sit at the blade of her husband's execution before she herself was guillotined.