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The Catastrophe of the Balloon "Le Pax"

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'The Catastrophe of the Balloon "Le Pax"' was a 1902 short silent film directed by Georges Mlis. It was released by Mlis's Star Film Company and is numbered 398 in its catalogues.

The film is a recreation of a real-life catastrophe that occurred in Paris on 12 May 1902. At 5 a.m. on that day, the Brazilian inventor Augusto Severo de Albuquerque Maranho and his mechanic, M. Georges Sach, set off in Severo's dirigible, the 'Pax'. They intended to fly from Paris to Issy-les-Moulineaux. However, while the aeronauts were still over Paris at about 400 meters' altitude, the motor stopped and the dirigible exploded. Both Severo and Sach were killed.

'The Catastrophe of the Balloon "Le Pax"' is the second-to-last of Mlis's "reconstructed newsreels" (staged re-enactments of current events), made between 'The Eruption of Mount Pelee' and 'The Coronation of Edward VII'. It is currently presumed lost.

See also

*List of lost films


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