Ruins of Arras Cathedral.
World War One. Destruction; bombing. Ruins of cathedral and other buildings in Arras; France; 1916. Opens with shot of side of building; part intact; windows with shutters; part torn off. CU part of building with missing wall; doors; beams; leaning at all angles; one can see into room; with bed sliding down the caved in upper floor; wallpaper behind it--weird and surreal. Next a shot panning down another building with wall off; some of the rooms inside seem barely touched; so the effect is like a dolls house--one can see a parlour with fireplace; paintings; chairs; etc. Pan down to huge pile of rubble; French soldier walks by. GV wall of large building standing amidst ruins; pan to left across more ruins; with some houses in distance; continue pan left to ruins of cathedral; front mostly still standing but badly damaged.