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The Train

The Train

A Feature film by John Frankenheimer

Produced by Les Films Ariane, Les Productions Artistes Associés

Release in France : 22/09/1964

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During WWII, the Nazis have stolen many priceless works of art, planning to destroy those they deem against their sensibilities. German Colonel Franz von Waldheim, however, is an art aficionado and as such, against the wants of the Germans in general, decides in August 1944, days before it looks like France will be liberated, to bring back to Germany many of those priceless works of art from the Jeu de Paume in Paris. von Waldheim will go to any length to achieve this largely personal mission, which he plans to accomplish by transporting the art packed in crates via rail. Mlle. Villard, the curator of the gallery, asks the Resistance to stop von Waldheim. Paul Labiche, a railway inspector and one of the leaders of the Resistance, initially does not want to assist Mlle. Villard, seeing the lives of the Resistance members and the larger goals of French freedom as more important. But based on incidents, Labiche changes his mind and assists in the mission, he who ends up having an up close and personal vantage point. Labiche's elaborate plan has many obstacles to overcome to achieve success, including von Waldheim's own success at any cost mentality.

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Full credits (17)

Adapter/dialogue writer :

Albert Husson

Author of original work :

Rose Valland

Associate Producer :

Bernard Farrel

Foreign producers :

Jules Bricken, Franco Cristaldi

Sound recordists :

Jacques Carrère, Joseph De Bretagne

Production Manager :

Robert Velin

Production Designer :

Willy Holt

Sound Mixer :

Jacques Maumont

Location Manager :

Serge Lebeau

Dialogue Writer :

Albert Husson

Producers :

Alexandre Mnouchkine, Georges Dancigers

Screenwriters :

Walter Bernstein, Frank Davis, Franklin Coen

Directors of Photography :

Jean Tournier, Walter Wottitz

Camera Operator :

André Domage

Editor :

Gabriel Rongier

Music Composer :

Maurice Jarre

Still Photographer :

Vincent Rossell

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Feature film

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Action , Thriller, War

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2 h 20 min

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