On 6th September (Thursday) at 6.30 p.m. we will be screening the 1964 cult classic film, The Train starring Burt Lancaster. The story is about the Resistance trying to stop a German train full of art treasures and the details of the film are as given below.

Film: The Train
Cast: Burt Lancaster, Paul Scofield, Jeanne Moreau
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
Duration: 2 hrs 10 mins

Inspired by the book Le front de l’art by Rose Valland, who documented the works of art that had been robbed by the Germans from museums and private art collections during WWII, the film is inspired by true events.

Burt Lancaster plays Paul, a member of the French Resistance who is pitted against German Colonel Franz von Waldheim (Pal Scofield) who is escaping to Germany in a train which is full of precious artifacts and paintings. The precious cargo cannot be damaged and the members have to ensure that the train doesn’t reach Germany setting it up for a great thriller. At one point, they even have to change the signage of stations to fool the enemy.

Jeanne Moreau has a cameo but a rather important one. This American-French-Italian production has some spectacular action and thrills – the train wrecks are real and a French yard was actually bombed with dynamite to achieve a desired effect.