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Burt Lancaster as the station master and French Resistance fighter, Labiche.
Burt Lancaster as the station master and French Resistance fighter, Labiche.

Thumbnail for The Train (1964) The Train (1964)

Basic Info Rusty's rating: 83
Notable as: ThrillerGenre: War film, Thriller, Action FilmMain subject: World War IINarrative location: ParisRuntime: 133 - 140 minutesColor: black-and-white filmLanguage: English, GermanCountry: United States, Italy, FranceDirector: John Frankenheimer, Arthur Penn, Bernard FarrelScreenwriter: Franklin CoenMusic: Maurice JarreCinematography: Jean Tournier, Walter WottitzStars: Burt Lancaster, Jeanne Moreau, Paul Scofield, Wolfgang Preiss, Suzanne Flon, Michel Simon, Albert Rémy, Jean-Pierre Zola, Paul Bonifas Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Franklin Coen)Award details: (details at IMDb)
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The Train is a 1964 black-and-white war film directed by John Frankenheimer from a story and screenplay by Franklin Coen and Frank Davis, based on the non-fiction book Le front de l'art by Rose Valland, who documented the works of art placed in storage that had been looted by the Germans from museums and private art collections. It stars Burt Lancaster, Paul Scofield, and Jeanne Moreau. Set in August 1944, the film sets French Resistance-member Paul Labiche against German Colonel Franz von Waldheim, who is attempting to move stolen art masterpieces by train to Germany. Inspiration for the scenes of the train's interception came from the real-life events surrounding train No. 40,044 as it was seized and examined by Lt. Alexandre Rosenberg of the Free French forces outside Paris.


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