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Berlin Express (1948)

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

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Reinhold Schünzel ...
Walther (as Reinhold Schunzel)
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Hans Schmidt (as Peter Von Zerneck)
Otto Waldis ...
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Fritz Kortner ...
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Michael Harvey ...
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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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Merle Oberon was married to the cinematographer of the film, Oklahoma-born Lucien Ballard, at the time "Berlin Express" was made. See more »

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Around the time of the incident in Sulzbach, that is supposed to take place when the train is in Germany, the train is running on the left side. It shows that the shooting was done in France, where trains run on the left side, but not in Germany, where they run on the right side. See more »

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Narrator: [voiceover] On a warm June day in the Rue Saint Martin in Paris there was a disturbance. Members of the French press were protesting their being barred from a secret conference. Inside, representatives of the United Nations were hearing a report from the head of a special fact-finding commission - a man named Dr. Heinrich Bernhardt. Bernhardt had a long proven record on international affairs. His report was sharp and concise. Facts and figures about turning the four allied zones of ...
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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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interesting view of post-war Germany
3 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is most notable as a historical document giving a glimpse of Germany after the war. The location shots in bombed out Frankfurt and Berlin are rather startling, and it's interesting to see the hatred and mistrust everyone has for the Germans. The movie is shot very well and the early scenes are excellent.

Unfortunately the script is weak. Towards the end I realized that I just wasn't clear on why things were happening as they were. It felt like the plot was just a backdrop to the ambiance, which was fine in the beginning but became a problem as the plot moved its wobbly self to center stage. I can't entirely blame the script though; I think Tourneur's greatest failing as a director is that while he had a lot of style and could always make things interesting, he could be sloppy in terms of telling a story. Of course he wasn't the only director who believed you could gloss over a lot if you just kept things moving, but that works better with a good muddled script like The Big Sleep rather than the distinctly ordinary but muddled script he worked with here. Still worth seeing though.


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