THE TRAIN (1964)

this movie was done differently. A German loads the train with priceless arts( paintings). The resistance must stop it without damaging the cargo. a film directed by John Frankenheimer. Starring Burt Lancaster, Paul Scofield and Jeanne Moreau.Burt Lancaster performs all of his own stunts in this movie. Albert Rémy also gets into the act by performing the stunt of uncoupling the engine from the art train on a real moving train. John Frankenheimer said of this film, “I wanted all the realism possible. There are no tricks in this film. When trains crash together, they are real trains. There is no substitute for that kind of reality.” The engine that crashes into a derailed engine was moving at nearly 60 mph. The crash was staged in the town of Acquigny, with extensive safety precautions and special insurance. Only one take was possible, and seven cameras were used. The engine that we see from track level as it’s derailed was moving faster than intended. Three of the five cameras filming the derailment were smashed. The filmmakers hired a train to carry their equipment from one location to another, and this is the train we see as the art train in the film. The character of Mlle Villard is based on Rose Antonia Maria Valland – a French art historian, a member of the French Resistance, a captain in the French military, and one of the most decorated women in French history. The movie was inspired by her 1961 non-fiction book “Le front de l’art: défense des collections françaises, 1939-1945” (The Art Front: Defence of the French Collections, 1939-1945).

 

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