The Train

1964

Action / Thriller / War

74
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 90%
IMDb Rating 7.9 10 11703

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Burt Lancaster as Labiche
Jeanne Moreau as Christine
Paul Scofield as Von Waldheim
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by LeonLouisRicci 9 / 10

Unique WWII Film from John Frankenheimer and a "Star" Locomotive

"Cinema Verite"...is a Phrase used when a Dramatic Film is Shot so Real as to be "Documentary Like" in Tone and Appearance. It's Drama Mimicking Real Life.

There is "Verisimilitude"...The quality of appearing to be true or real.

Both can be Applied to this John Frankenheimer Movie, Starring Burt Lancaster. "Train Magazine" Lists it as the #1 Movie about "Trains.

It is a Universally Praised, if Relatively Unknown, WWII Film that is a Wide Open, but Curiously Confined Thriller. The Focus hardly ever Leaves the Train Tracks whether the Bulky, Black, Behemoth is in Motion or Docked and Pampered Upon.

There's more Suspense than Action but Both are Utilized in this "Fictional" Tale based on True Events. The Nazi's Pillaging of France's Foremost Frames of Art by France's Foremost Artists. The Occupiers are Determined to take the "Decadent" Pictures Home Despite Their Disdain.

It seems the Nazi in Charge has a Secret Lust for the Work and is not about to let the "Apes" Possess what They Cannot Appreciate.

Lancaster, on the other hand, Cares Not about the Paintings and is Motivated by the Murderers of His Fellow Yard Workers and Now will Stop at Nothing to Thwart the Germans from accomplishing Their Thievery.

Precious and Valuable "Art" vs Precious Human Lives is a Philosophical Conundrum and a Muse throughout this Gripping and Riveting Film. However it is the "Train" that becomes the "Star" of the Movie.

Frankenheimer Stages Real Locomotive Train Wrecks and Aerial Bombings and the Results are Nothing Short of Spectacular. The Film is Relentless the way it Photographs the Oily and Gritty Machine and French Resistance Workers Assigned to Operate and Maintain the Mechanics of the Proud and Determined "Iron Horse".

The Trains Wheezes, Squeals, and Chugs that says as much in the Movie as its Human Counterparts. It all becomes a Unique and Uncanny War Film and there is Nothing quite Like it.

Reviewed by Mark Turner 7 / 10

More Drama Than Action

I've been a fan of director John Frankenheimer for some time. The director of films like SEVEN DAYS IN MAY, THE FIXER, BLACK Sunday and RONIN always delivered plenty of action balanced with enough story to make the films hold your interest from start to finish. I'd recalled hearing of THE TRAIN years ago, remembered seeing it advertised when it was to be on television but never saw it until now.

In 1944 the Germans were sensing the end was near. During the war they had ransacked the museums of the countries they invaded and a large collection of art has been stockpiled. In an effort to retain the art and insure it isn't destroyed in bombings Colonel Franz von Waldheim (Paul Scofield) is determined to ship the treasures to Germany at any costs.

Resistance leaders in France know that the allied forces arrival is imminent and want to make sure that the art never leaves their country. With that arrival around the corner all they need to do is make sure the train never leaves the country. They set into motion a plan to make sure that this happens.

Resistance leader and an inspector for the SNCF (French National Railway Corporation) Paul Labiche (Burt Lancaster) argues that it's not worth losing the lives of his men to save a load of paintings. When an elderly engineer is executed for trying to thwart the train on his own Labiche agrees to help and a plan is set in motion to stop the train.

The movie offers more story than action here which many were expecting given the artwork found in posters for the film as well as the trailer. Even with that being the case it makes for an interesting movie, something different than most war films at that time or since. The clash of wills between the two men is classic. What is different is their motivations. Von Waldheim is the bad buy and yet cares more about the artwork than the good guy Labiche. That's something different to mull over.

Lancaster and Frankenheimer worked together on a number of films and their pairing here works well for both of them. Lancaster is provided a vehicle that gives him the chance to flex some acting muscle as well as add enough action to satisfy his fans. Frankenheimer adds to the list of films he made that showed he was a capable director no matter what he was given.

Twilight Time released this film before but it quickly sold out. Requests were enough that they are releasing it once more in this encore edition but as is always the case it is limited to just 3,000 copies so those interested should jump before it's gone once more. Extras include an isolated score track, an audio commentary with film historians Julie Kirgo, Paul Seydor and Nick Redman, an audio commentary with director Frankenheimer and the original theatrical trailer.

Reviewed by elvircorhodzic 8 / 10

"...if the Germans want it so much, maybe we should do something..."

THE TRAIN is a war thriller that, through a realistic story and intense plots brings a kind of sabotage of Nazi forces during their smuggling of art treasures from France. This is an extremely popular form of struggle between a small resistance movement against a preeminent enemy.

Labiche is a French railway inspector and a member of a resistance movement. Allied forces are trying to liberate Paris. During this time, a German colonel tries to move the priceless works of art from the Jeu de Paume Museum to his fatherland. The head of the museum attempts to convince Labiche that he should sabotage the train on which they are transporting the art. However, he is focused on destroying enemy's weapons. Labiche changes his opinion, after an old train driver is killed trying to stop the train with the art...

A certain dose of skepticism by the main character is a very pleasant surprise. A masterpiece of art in relation to human life. The national heritage or the pride of France. An obvious lack of emotion and connections is a serious flaw in this film. However, a constant tension, danger and uncertainty raises the atmosphere to a very high level. An exciting and detailed conflict is certainly better than a melodramatic background.

The scenery is pretty authentic. Characterization could have been better.

Burt Lancaster as Paul Labiche is a strong and stable character with war instincts and fighting spirit. Well, he looks, at times, like a hero, who is fighting for a way out from the general madness. Opposite him is a Nazi colonel Franz von Waldheim (Paul Scofield) as the embodiment of rage and violence. Their support are Jeanne Moreau (Christine) as a brave and angry widow in a small hotel on a railroad. Frankly, I was expecting a romance between her and Labiche. It seems that there is not the time or place for that exhibition. Michel Simon (Papa Boule) is an initiator of a turning point in the story. Albert Rémy (Didont) is a sturdy engine men who lurks every opportunity to sabotage the Nazis. Wolfgang Preiss (Maj. Herren) is a quiet voice on the other side of common sense.

It seems that the great courage is to lose life because of a precious work of art. I thought that human life is priceless.

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