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The Battle of the Rails (1946)

Bataille du rail (original title)
This movie is a story about French railroad workers who were part of organized resistance during the German WW2 occupation.

Director:

René Clément

Writers:

René Clément (scenario), Colette Audry (dialogue)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marcel Barnault Marcel Barnault ... (as Barnault)
Jean Clarieux Jean Clarieux ... Lampin (as Clarieux)
Jean Daurand Jean Daurand ... Cheminot (as Daurand)
Jacques Desagneaux Jacques Desagneaux ... Athos (as Desagneaux)
François Joux François Joux ... Cheminot (as Joux)
Pierre Latour Pierre Latour ... Cheminot (as Latour)
Tony Laurent Tony Laurent ... Camargue
Robert Le Ray Robert Le Ray ... Chef de gare (as Leray)
Pierre Lozach Pierre Lozach ... Cheminot (as Lozach)
Pierre Mindaist Pierre Mindaist ... Cheminot (as Mindaist)
Léon Pauléon Léon Pauléon ... Chef de gare St-André (as Pauleon)
Fernand Rauzéna Fernand Rauzéna ... Cheminot (as Rauzena)
Redon Redon ... Mecanicien
Michel Salina Michel Salina ... Allemand (as Salina)
Max Woll Max Woll
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This movie is a story about French railroad workers who were part of organized resistance during the German WW2 occupation.

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The untold story of how they killed, how they plundered, how they stopped the last train! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

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Country:

France

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

27 February 1946 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Battle of the Rails See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Cinematographer Henri Alekan actually had been a member of the Resistance, having escaped from a Nazi POW camp. See more »

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A tribute to resistance saboteurs that is neither too didactic or sentimental
14 November 2006 | by johnek-bloomfieldSee all my reviews

Based on real life events that occurred between the Normandy Landings and the liberation, La Bataille du Rail was commissioned by the Associations of the Resistance soon after the end of the Second World War. That a war film would be put into production so soon after the end of the war and that it would prove so successful with a public that lived through it suggests a desire to show the extent of the resistance's achievements and the pride of the French.

However, Clément carefully avoids making the film too didactic or sentimental. We can see how the ruthlessness of the occupying forces in rooting out the saboteurs and their anti-Semitism is not overplayed as their portrayal seems appropriate to a modern audience not directly scarred by the events shown. Another way in which he achieves this is through the way the camera stays relatively detached from the action, showing the events almost like a documentary rather than forcing us to identify with any of the characters. It has been said that the cast was made up of unprofessional actors and in some cases real railwaymen. This adds to the realism and creates an effect where no one film star stands out as an obvious "hero", enforcing a message of "ordinary men doing what they had to".


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