'The Train'

September 22 2016

Image of 'The Train'

Picture: Wikipedia

If, like me, you are fan of a) art b) war films and c) steam trains - and I know that must be a fairly small demographic - then allow me to recommend the 1964 film, 'The Train'. I saw it for the first time last night, and it's great. Paul Scofield plays a Nazi officer trying to transfer hundreds of French masterpieces to Berlin from Paris, by train. Burt Lancaster is a French railwayman and resistance fighter trying to stop him (albeit with a fine American accent). And the whole film is peppered with steam trains that get blown up and crash into each other (real ones too, not models).

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