The Train

TitleThe Train
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1965
AuthorsFrankenheimer, John
Running Time2h 13min
Date Released10/29/1964
DistributorUnited Artists
CountryUnited States, France
Publication LanguageEnglish

The Train is an American French war film, based on the 1961 book, Le front de l'art, by Rose Valland, the art historian at the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, who documented the works of art placed in storage there that had been looted by Nazi soldiers from museums and private art collections throughout France during World War II. With the Allies poised to retake Paris from the Germans, Col. Franz Von Waldheim (Paul Scofield) conspires to sneak out by train all of the art masterpieces looted by the German army. But museum curator Mademoiselle Villard (Suzanne Flon) alerts the French Resistance, and soon railway inspector Paul Labiche (Burt Lancaster) is pressed into service. He reroutes the train, and cleverly deceives Von Waldheim by renaming each train station along the way.

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