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Trans-Europ-Express (1966)

A movie producer, director and assistant take the Trans-Europ-Express from Paris to Antwerp. They get the idea for a movie about a drug smuggler on their train and visualize it while taping the script.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Elias / Himself
Marie-France Pisier ... Eva / Herself
Christian Barbier Christian Barbier ... Lorentz - the policeman
Raoul Guylad ... An intermediary
Henri Lambert Henri Lambert ... Inspector
Paul Louyet Paul Louyet ... Marc
Charles Millot ... Franck
Rezy Norbert Rezy Norbert ... The concierge
Gérard Palaprat Gérard Palaprat ... Le Petit Mathieu (as Gerard Palaprat)
Catherine Robbe-Grillet Catherine Robbe-Grillet ... Lucette - the script girl
Salkin Salkin ... An intermediary
Ariane Sapriel Ariane Sapriel ... A traveller
Prima Symphony Prima Symphony ... The stripper
Clo Vanesco Clo Vanesco ... Cabaret Singer
Nadine Verdier Nadine Verdier ... Hotel Maid
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Storyline

A film director, Jean, his producer, Marc, and his assistant, Lucette, board the Trans-Europ-Express in Paris bound for Antwerp. Once in their compartment it occurs to them that the drama of life aboard the train presents possibilities for a film, and they begin to write a script about dope smuggling. Written by Anonymous

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Erotic? Serious? Funny? Tragic? A Mystery? A Game? A Paradox? Neo-Sadism? A Detective Story?


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Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French | Dutch

Release Date:

12 May 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Avrupa Ekspresi See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This film was banned by the British Censor because of its depiction of sexual bondage (which is now regarded as very tame). See more »

Quotes

Eva: And you? What do you do for a living.
Elias: I'm an assassin.
Eva: Professional?
Elias: No, amateur.
Elias: Semi-professional, actually.
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References From Russia with Love (1963) See more »

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Chanson
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by Clo Vanesco
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Illusion and reality trade places on a train trip.
13 July 2001 | by cbreynoSee all my reviews

This film is a beautifully done story within a story --- film within a film. The author and friends take a train ride and begin to work out a film; its plot, its characters and their actions. As the story evolves the characters take on their own existence, reality becomes inverted; they weave their own story as author becomes audience.

It is a taste of the 1960's thinking of the Michael Caine foreign intrigue films, The Orient Express not to mention the Manchurian Candidate. In a way it thumbs its nose at the genre.

I saw it when it ran almost forty years ago and enjoyed it immensely. If you can find it --- check it out.


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