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Night Mail (1936)

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Shows the special train on which mail is sorted, dropped and collected on the run, and delivered in Scotland overnight.

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Shows the special train on which mail is sorted, dropped and collected on the run, and delivered in Scotland overnight.

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scotland | train | mail | working | railway | See more »

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13 January 1936 (UK)  »

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Courrier de nuit  »

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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 »

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an excellent film well worth seeing
4 January 2000 | by (Charlottesville, VA) – See all my reviews

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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