The Train

The Train

DVD - 1999
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A French railway inspector thwarts the efforts of a Nazi general to make off with stolen art treasures as the Allied forces approach during the last days of World War II.
Publisher: Santa Monica, Calif. : MGM Home Entertainment, c1999
ISBN: 9780792840473
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.4372 TRA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 133 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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Apr 24, 2018

In this intense WW2 drama - The Jeu de Paume Museum in Paris, France is looted of its finest works of art by the Nazis who are planning to transport these paintings to Berlin, Germany via the railway system.

When the threat of sabotage (by the French Resistance) plays into the whole equation - The question is raised regarding the value of these irreplaceable works of art over the value of human life.

This film's dramatic story was based on actual events that took place in August of 1944.

Apr 22, 2018

a superb blend of action and emotion, Burt Lancaster, the prototype for all later action heroes, including Daniel Craig's James Bond, is at the helm of this story, based loosely on an actual event during the Second World War, the wonderful Jeanne Moreau gives him solid support, Paul Scofield, given an impossible role, does the best he can with it

Apr 11, 2018

Directed by John Frankenheimer in 1964 loosely based on the non-fiction book "Le front de l'art" by Rose Valland, this war-time drama depicts the train's interception, which reflects on the real-life events surrounding train No. 40,044 as it was seized by Lt. Alexandre Rosenberg of the Free French forces outside Paris.
French Resistance-member Paul Labiche (Lancaster) fights against German Colonel Franz von Waldheim (Scofield), who attempts to move stolen art masterpieces by train to Germany.
Packed with actions, the amazing and thrilling film grabs you from the start to the end and keeps you at the edge of your seat.

And, the question is this - (In the time of cold-blooded war) - Would you be willing to actually give up your life in order to stop valuable paintings (by Van Gogh, Picasso, and Gaugin) from getting into the hands of your enemies with the possibility that these irreplaceable works could be destroyed? Would you?

Skillfully directed by John Frankenheimer (of the "Manchurian Candidate" fame) - 1964's "The Train" (filmed in b&w) is a gritty, quasi-violent WW2 drama whose story proudly boasts of being based on actual events.

IMO - The one really damaging point that threatened to mar the realism of "The Train" was that even though American actor, Burt Lancaster was playing a Frenchman, he didn't have the professionalism to even try to muster up a convincing sounding French accent (unlike the rest of the cast who were all believable as Frenchmen and Germans).

(*Be sure to watch movie-trailer video*)

Nov 01, 2017

Although 2 hours 13 minutes long, the fast moving plot takes this action-packed movie to its dramatic conclusion without boredom. Unfortunately the black and white film does not do justice to both the train collision and rail yard bombing scenes; and the spectacular French countryside scenes. The DVD jacket notes that this movie is based on an actual event. How many human lives is an art object worth is the key question of this movie?

Jun 07, 2017

This is one of the best WW2 movies ever made. It shows the fear in every action in the day to day lives of french people and the outrageous risks the resistance made. I watch it everytime it
comes on TCM.

Apr 13, 2017

I liked this DVD. It is to violent for children. The violence is not subtle. There are no sex scenes. The story is strong and simple. The characters have depth. The movie maintains the mystery until the end. The plot does move slow. It is well acted. It is a spy story about intelligence gathering on the enemy during the war. The story is about keeping the self-definition of your country as the conquered while under the thumb of the group that conquers you. It is about keeping your countries art history in your country and stay alive.

Apr 21, 2014

this movie needed the great art itself to make the dilemma relevant, as it was the story had no centre, the lives of the deserving perpetrators were not afforded meaning, though, significantly, the art itself remained, and yet, and ever, remains

Vincent T Lombardo May 04, 2013

A very entertaining and thrilling movie that also asks some provocative questions. For whom is great art, everyone or the elite? Is a great work of art more valuable than a human life? How many human lives should be sacrificed for art, or, for that matter, for any cause? The acting was great, but it was difficult to understand a lot of the dialogue, because, even though the movie was in English, the actors playing the Nazis spoke with German accents and the actors playing French citizens spoke with French accents, except for Burt Lancaster, who played a Frenchman but spoke English with an American accent! Still, it was a great movie.

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