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An engine moves from the roundhouse to a track where it couples with several passenger cars. At 2:10 in the afternoon, it starts a trip out of the station through the countryside to its destination. The film consists of a montage of shots, some close up, of the engine and its gears and wheels. With the accompanying ambient sounds and an orchestral score, the emphasis is on the engine's power and speed. Parallel lines of multiple tracks, telephone wires, and trees confirm a careful composition. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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When the music first starts, the film shows the reverser lever being moved upward from neutral. However, the up position indicates reverse, as all the shots of the train going forward show the lever in the down position. See more »

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Shrieking heavy metal!
21 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wow. Just wow. Love this film short, and the tone poem it was made for. Arthur Honegger,the composer, and a train enthusiast, nailed it with this one. I actually played it once (metropolitan symphony orchestra, second violin part) when I was 18 or 19. An able conductor was on the podium and yes, helped us find more momentum at an increasingly slower tempo. I sat in front of brass and percussion, you can only imagine the fun I had feeling that music in the pit of my stomach and punching my sinuses! No, seriously, it was a real rush. So, when I saw this film short, it was quite evident that our auteur (Jean Mitry) really "got it". Take especially the last three minutes of the film and you really will begin to appreciate the term "Heavy Metal" in a whole new way! This is steam punk on steroids, baby!


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