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Pacific 231

A Short film by Jean Mitry

Produced by Tadié Cinéma

Production year : 1949


    An engine moves from the roundhouse to a track where it couples with several passenger cars. At 2:10 in the afternoon, it starts a trip out of the station through the countryside to its destination. The film consists of a montage of shots, some close up, of the engine and its gears and wheels. With the accompanying ambient sounds and an orchestral score, the emphasis is on the engine's power and speed. Parallel lines of multiple tracks, telephone wires, and trees confirm a careful composition.

    Source : IMDb

    Production and distribution

    Executive Producer :

    Tadié Cinéma

    Full credits (5)

    Screenwriters :

    Jean Mitry, Marc Ducouret

    Sound Recordist :

    Georges Leblond

    Music Composer :

    Arthur Honegger

    Directors of Photography :

    André Tadié, Jean Jarret, André Périé

    Editors :

    Marc Ducouret, Jean Mitry

    Technical details

    Short film

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    Production language :

    non dialogué

    Production country :


    Original French-language productions :


    Nationality :

    100% French (France)

    Production year :


    Runtime :

    9 min

    Visa number :


    Color type :

    Black & White

    Aspect ratio :


    Audio format :



    Festival Selections

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1949

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1949)


    Official Competition - Short Films