The sound recordists equipment was unable to record a realistic sound of the mail train clattering over the joints in the track during the "two bridges and 45 beats" trackside mailbag collection sequence. Eventually they resorted to recording the sound of a model train being pushed back and forth over joints in a model railway track in time to the film of the man on the train counting the beats. See more »
Anyone interested in Auden's poetry will find this film well worth seeing. Benjamin Britten, with whom Auden was romantically involved at the time, wrote the music. In order to sync words and music, much of Auden's original text had to be excised.
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