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The Battle of the Rails

The Battle of the Rails

A Feature film by René Clément

Produced by Coopérative Générale du Cinéma Français (CGCF)

Release in France : 27/02/1946


    Acts of slow down and sabotage announce that French railway men don't accept the presence of the "Boche" willingly. . Trains are misdirected, rails are damaged. Jews are helped to escape. Resistance fighters and their messages are smuggled from place to place. We learn that there are "good guys" and "bad guys" among the French rail employees. The "trade craft" of espionage is practiced as French rail workers fight the twilight struggle against collaborators and the German oppressors. Not every character is who he seems. After the D-Day landings the tempo of resistance escalates. Tension mounts as the Germans desperately try to bring tanks and men into battle to throw back the invaders. The light infantry of the Maquis fights a pitched battle with an armored rail convoy of Germans on their way to Normandy. After initial German successes the Resistance wins, but at a high price. French morale is the intended object of this record of heroic resistance against odds. The black and white of the film is matched by the "black and white" of collaborators and "La Resistance."


    Source : dr


    Actors (13)

    Production and distribution (3)

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    Full credits (11)

    Assistant Director :

    Claude Clément

    Screenwriter :

    René Clément

    Sound Recordist :

    Constantin Evangelou

    Editor :

    Lucien Desagneaux

    Music Composer :

    Yves Baudrier

    Location Manager :

    Armand Bécüe

    Dialogue Writer :

    Colette Audry

    Director of Photography :

    Henri Alekan

    Production Manager :

    Pierre Levy-Corti

    Production Designer :

    Jacques Desagneaux

    Narrator :

    Charles Boyer

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Drama, War

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    Nationality :

    100% French

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    Runtime :

    1 h 25 min

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    Black & White

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    Posters (2)


    Festival Selections (3)

    Awards (2)

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1946

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1946)

    Awards (2)

    Special Jury Prize

    Best Direction Award

    French Syndicate of Cinema Critics - 1946

    French Syndicate of Cinema Critics (1946)


    French Syndicate of Cinema Critics Price