THE TRAIN (1965) B/W widescreen 140m dir: John Frankenheimer
w/Burt Lancaster, Paul Scofield, Jeanne Moreau, Michel Simon, Suzanne Flon, Wolfgang Preiss, Richard Munch, Albert Remy, Charles Millot, Jacques Marin
An exciting WWII drama set in Paris during the German occupation. French Resistance fighters persuade a railroad inspector (Lancaster) to try to save France's art treasures when it becomes known that they are going to be transported by train to Germany.
From The Movie Guide: "A superior WWII film that provides plenty of edge-of-the-seat thrills, THE TRAIN also poses a rather serious philosophical question: Is the preservation of art worth a human life? ... THE TRAIN was originally to have been helmed by Arthur Penn, but during the first two weeks of shooting the director had some severe disagreements with Lancaster and producer Jules Bricken and left the production. Lancaster then called in John Frankenheimer, whom he had just worked with on SEVEN DAYS IN MAY (they had also collaborated on THE YOUNG SAVAGES and THE BIRDMAN OF ALCATRAZ). The film was shot entirely on location in France, and Frankenheimer employed a number of cameras shooting simultaneously so that the action with the trains would be captured from several different angles with as few takes as possible. His camera placement perfectly captures the massive trains (no models or miniatures were used) from every conceivable perspective, and their movement is directly contrasted with the chess game played by Labiche [Lancaster] and von Waldheim [Scofield]. The acting in the film is superb, with Scofield taking top honors as the obsessed German colonel, though veteran French character actor Michel Simon nearly steals the film as a determined old engineer."
Franklin Coen and Frank Davis were nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.