The other actors are all very good and the script always to the point and interesting. Upon his soldiers opening the wagon doors he viewed many plundered pieces of art that had once been displayed in the home of his father, Parisian art dealer , one of the world's major Modern art dealers. It is intelligent, visually graphic and a believable suspenseful film. The film stars , and. Inspiration for the scenes of the train's interception came from the real-life events surrounding train No. They then arrange a double collision in the small town of Rive-Reine that will block the train without risking the cargo. The big star of Frankenheimer's film is the train itself.
Plot In 1944, masterpieces of modern art by the are being shipped to Germany; the officer in charge of the operation, Colonel Franz von Waldheim , is determined to take the paintings to Germany, no matter the cost. In response, Labiche turns and looks at the murdered hostages. There is no substitute for that kind of reality. The museum curator Suzanne Flon notifies the , and Labiche Lancaster , a railroad inspector, is approached to help thwart the plan. Allied forces are threatening to liberate Paris, so Col. The train's small German contingent kills the hostages and joins the retreating convoy. In contrast to the action and drama depicted in the film, the shipment of art that the Germans were attempting to take out of Paris on 1 August 1944 was held up by the with an endless barrage of paperwork and and made it no farther than a railyard a few miles outside Paris.
The Train had already begun shooting in France when star Burt Lancaster had Penn fired and called in Frankenheimer to take over the film. Made by movie fans, for movie fans. The tempo issue was resolved: nothing slow about this film! Lancaster plays Labiche, a French railway inspector. But when an old mustachioed engineer Michel Simon , whose defiant courage is commendable in itself, is shot for trying to sabotage the train, the Resistance decides on a plan to misroute the train. The theme is the waste, the cost of war -- what is worth fighting for, what you actually do fight for even though it does not seem to be worth it, and the capricious outcome. Brassey's Guide to War Films.
It is an honest film, done with integrity. Here you will find unforgettable moments, scenes and lines from all your favorite films. Labiche is more focused on destroying a trainload of German weapons. Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 1987. When trains crash together, they are real trains. A painting means as much to you as a string of pearls to an ape. Labiche, though, happens to have Resistance connections and, with serious reservations, is drawn into a desperate, improvised plot to stop the train, preferably without damaging the precious artifacts inside.
Christine: You think you can just run in and out of here and make trouble? At the same time, he manages to effectively bring a subtle authenticity to his portrayal of the weary, fatalistic railwayman. Lancaster is his stoic self, though maybe a little less tight-jawed than usual and with less flashing of those trademark teeth, but he is still the athletic, commanding presence on screen. They devise an elaborate ruse to reroute the train, temporarily changing railway station signage to make it appear to the German escort as if they are heading to Germany when they have actually turned back toward Paris. Much of the film was shot on location. Filming from a helicopter just ahead of the train, the helicopter accidentally pulled into the path of the Spitfire as it sped toward the mountainside.
Von Waldheim remains behind with the abandoned train. French Armée de l'Air are also seen later in the film. The Allied bombing of a rail yard was accomplished with real dynamite, as the French rail authority needed to enlarge the track gauge. A painting means as much to you as a string of pearls to an ape. Some of the greatest paintings in the world. He is able to persuade his bosses to give him the train. The train's actual interception was inspired by the real-life events surrounding train No.
Lancaster and Frankenheimer had worked together previously on both Birdman of Alcatraz and Seven Days in May. Richard Münch, who played General Jodl in Patton, is cast as the officer who first denies Waldheim authority for his train, then approves it. The cars themselves slowly roll to a stop, but the engine and tender race on down the track to collide with a standing locomotive. Directors: John Frankenheimer, Arthur Penn uncredited Writers: Franklin Coen screen story , Frank Davis screen story , Stars: Burt Lancaster, Paul Scofield, Jeanne Moreau. The Train contains multiple real train wrecks. You stopped me without knowing what you were doing or why. Brassey's Guide to War Films.
Resistance cell leader and area inspector Paul Labiche initially rejects the plan, telling Mlle. Labiche, although shot in the leg, escapes on foot with the help of the widowed owner of a Rive-Reine hotel, Christine, while other Resistance members involved in the plot are executed. A1; published online April 26, 2013. Both characters had a job to do and they did it to their best. After the works chosen by Waldheim are removed from the Museum, curator Mademoiselle Villard seeks help from the. Afterwards he limps away, leaving the corpses and the art treasures where they lie. I run a hotel, not a madhouse.
A few weeks before the liberation of Paris, on August 1, 1944, she learned that the Germans were planning to ship out five last boxcars full of art, including many of the modern paintings they had hitherto neglected. He and others stage an elaborate ruse to keep the train from ever leaving French territory. The Cinema of John Frankenheimer The International Film Guide Series. In contrast to the action and drama depicted in the film, the shipment of art that the Germans were attempting to take out of Paris on August 1, 1944, was held up by the with an endless barrage of paperwork and and made it no farther than a railyard a few miles outside Paris. Franz Von Waldheim Paul Scofield conspires to sneak out by train all of the art masterpieces looted by the German army. He did not intend to give much focus to the mechanics of the train operation itself.