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Berlin Express (1948)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 May 1948 (USA)
A multinational group of train passengers become involved in a post-World War II Nazi assassination plot.

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In divided Germany just after WWII, people from many different countries are passengers on a train. When one of the passengers, a German working for peace, is kidnapped by people who don't want his ideas to work, the others must set aside their differences and work together to find him in time for an important conference. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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As the bus pulls away from the Frankfurt train station, one can see the facade of what remained of the Schumann Theater. It was heavily damaged by Allied bombing in March, 1944 and ceased to be used as a theater, but its beer cellar was used as a bomb shelter. In 1945 the U.S. Army took over what remained of the building - the foyer, bars and restaurants in front, and used them as recreational facilities for soldiers during the occupation. After the Army moved out, there were attempts to rebuild the theater, but all failed. It was torn down in 1960 to make way for an office building. See more »

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The narration for the final scene says the train arrived at Wannsee, in the far west of Berlin, but the scene shows them driving from the east, down Unter Den Linden and into West Berlin. The British and American then ask passing jeeps for lifts to their respective bases which they would have driven past on the way from Wannsee, whilst the Russian turns around and drives back under the Brandenburg Gate into East Berlin. See more »

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Narrator: [voiceover] That's right - the dove of peace was a pigeon. A dead pigeon.
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During the opening credits, a title card states that the photography of Berlin and Frankfurt is used with the cooperation of the occupying armies. See more »

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A lightning ride through shambles of post-war Europe
9 February 2001 | by (Western New York) – See all my reviews

Heretical though it may be, I prefer this movie to The Third Man; good though the latter film is, it can't possibly live up to the reputation that has accrued around it over the years. Both are poignant -- even shocking -- glimpses into the shambles that was post-war Europe (though neither can compare, for realism, with, say, Rossellini's Open City). The brutal "assassination" comes swiftly and without warning, and if the intrigue seems a little tired, the actual locales in Frankfurt and Berlin have a timeless documentary force. Robert Ryan isn't as effective as he was playing edgy, unbalanced protagonists, and Merle Oberon seems just plain wrong as a secretary (she's more of an aristocrat-fallen-on-bad-times). But the action sequences on the train recall some of the best such movies (The Lady Vanishes, The Narrow Margin -- the Charles McGraw/Marie Windsor version). All in all, a worthy little thriller from Jacques Tourneur, director of the masterpieces The Cat People and Out of the Past.


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