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Opened in Paris in Sep 1964 as Le train ; running time: 140 min; in Italy in 1965 as Il treno . Penn, the original director, was replaced by Frankenheimer, who receives sole screen ... More Less

Opened in Paris in Sep 1964 as Le train ; running time: 140 min; in Italy in 1965 as Il treno . Penn, the original director, was replaced by Frankenheimer, who receives sole screen credit. More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Asst art dir
Asst prod des
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
COSTUMES
Ward
MUSIC
Mus comp & cond
VISUAL EFFECTS
Opt eff
Spec eff
MAKEUP
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the book Le front de l'art
défense des collections françaises 1939--1945 by Rose Valland (Paris, 1961).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Le train
treno
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 17 March 1965
Copyright Claimant:
Les Productions Artistes Associés
Copyright Date:
25 September 1964
Copyright Number:
LP30325
Duration(in mins):
133
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

As Allied forces approach German-occupied Paris in the summer of 1944, a Wehrmacht officer, Col. Franz von Waldheim, receives orders from Göring to assemble the art treasures of the Jeu de Paume Museum and transport them to Germany. Mademoiselle Villard, curator of the museum, informs the Resistance of the plan and tries to persuade Labiche, area inspector of French railways, to intercept the priceless cargo. Labiche, however, is more concerned with saving lives than in preserving art, and he devotes his energies to sabotaging an armaments train. While Allied bombs are destroying the munitions, Papa Boule, an old railwayman, succeeds in burning out the engines of the train bearing the art treasures but pays for his act with his life. The enraged von Waldheim places Labiche in charge of moving the art train out of Paris. Labiche, now won over to the side of the Resistance mainly through the influence of a widowed hotelkeeper, Christine, arranges a complicated series of strategems that lead the Nazis to believe the train has passed into Germany while, in reality, it has merely been shuttled around Paris and returned to its original depot. Upon discovering the deception, von Waldheim places French hostages on the train and orders it moved. As Labiche once more intervenes by having it derailed, von Waldheim has the hostages shot; but his own men panic and join the retreating Wehrmacht. Left alone, the two equally obsessed men face each other. Labiche kills von Waldheim and walks slowly away, leaving scattered paintings on the ... +


As Allied forces approach German-occupied Paris in the summer of 1944, a Wehrmacht officer, Col. Franz von Waldheim, receives orders from Göring to assemble the art treasures of the Jeu de Paume Museum and transport them to Germany. Mademoiselle Villard, curator of the museum, informs the Resistance of the plan and tries to persuade Labiche, area inspector of French railways, to intercept the priceless cargo. Labiche, however, is more concerned with saving lives than in preserving art, and he devotes his energies to sabotaging an armaments train. While Allied bombs are destroying the munitions, Papa Boule, an old railwayman, succeeds in burning out the engines of the train bearing the art treasures but pays for his act with his life. The enraged von Waldheim places Labiche in charge of moving the art train out of Paris. Labiche, now won over to the side of the Resistance mainly through the influence of a widowed hotelkeeper, Christine, arranges a complicated series of strategems that lead the Nazis to believe the train has passed into Germany while, in reality, it has merely been shuttled around Paris and returned to its original depot. Upon discovering the deception, von Waldheim places French hostages on the train and orders it moved. As Labiche once more intervenes by having it derailed, von Waldheim has the hostages shot; but his own men panic and join the retreating Wehrmacht. Left alone, the two equally obsessed men face each other. Labiche kills von Waldheim and walks slowly away, leaving scattered paintings on the tracks. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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