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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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Walther (as Reinhold Schunzel)
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Hans Schmidt (as Peter Von Zerneck)
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Kessler
Fritz Kortner ...
Franzen
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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At the end of their bus ride through bombed-out Frankfurt, the main characters arrive at the massive I.G. Farben building. Completed in 1930, it was once the largest office building in Europe and home to the giant chemical business. From 1945 to 1952 it was the location of SHAEF (Supreme Headquarters, Allied European Forces). From 1952 to 1994 it was the headquarters of the U.S. Army's V Corps. In 1996 the building was acquired by the state of Hesse, and after a $25M renovation became the Westend Campus of the University of Frankfurt. The small, continuous elevators seen in the film, called paternoster lifts, are still in use. 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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Robert Lindley: [Looking at two Germans in the train] I wonder how they'll handle it.
Sterling: Truthfully, I hope. Otherwise I'm wasting my valuable time. I'm in re-education. Seems pretty hopeless at times. I mean, what is more important than giving them the light to see?
Robert Lindley: Giving them something to eat?
Sterling: Your field?
Robert Lindley: I do sleight of hand. We're supposed to make 1,500 calories look like an eight-course meal - and prevent things like plague and starvation.
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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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Fascinating historical footage.
27 June 2005 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

I've only seen this movie once but what differentiates it for me is not the story, the actors, or the director, but rather the footage of post WWII Frankfurt Germany and the devastation wrought by the war.

In addition to the general post-war, pre-Cold War footage, the most fascinating thing is the film shot inside the I.G. Farben builting. This building is famous among architects and has a unique interior, shown in the film. This building was also the "Abrams Building" during the time the U.S. military occupied it during the Cold War and anyone who was in Frankfurt in the 1970's or 1980's might recognise it as unchanged inside from the time the movie was made to the time one served in the Army. This film is rare because that was a secure building during much of the Cold War. Today I believe the Army has left the building and it is occupied by a school or college.

Lots of history in this movie. I wish it was available on DVD.


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