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This documentary surveys the history of the guillotine. This execution device was invented by the French physician Joseph Guillotin. The falling blade was envisioned as a method for beheading people in a quick fashion, with a minimum of pain. The French made use of the "National Razor" from the time of the French Revolution until well into the 20th century. The Scots had their "Maiden"; and perhaps the most efficient device was that used by the Nazi regime during World War II. The well-researched film has expert commentary and re-enactments.


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