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Trans-Europ-Express (1966)

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 ... See full summary »
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Christian Barbier ...
Lorentz - the policeman
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An intermediary
Henri Lambert ...
Inspector
Paul Louyet ...
Marc
Charles Millot ...
Franck
Rezy Norbert ...
The concierge
Gérard Palaprat ...
Le Petit Mathieu (as Gerard Palaprat)
Catherine Robbe-Grillet ...
Lucette - the script girl
Salkin ...
An intermediary
Ariane Sapriel ...
A traveller
Prima Symphony ...
The stripper
Clo Vanesco ...
Cabaret Singer
Nadine Verdier ...
Hotel Maid
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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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12 May 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Avrupa Ekspresi  »

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

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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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Chanson
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Marvellous
28 October 2013 | by See all my reviews

The films of Alain Robbe-Grillet may be clever, intellectually stimulating and effective but they can also be over serious and difficult to watch. This one is almost a complete joy. Beautifully photographed in wonderfully crisp b/w it looks great throughout. The director and his wife appear as passengers on the famous train, travelling to Antwerp and decide to conjure up a spy story. The superb, Jean-Louis Trintignant is the main man here and would appear to be the puppet for their story. Certainly we see him carrying out the actions they dictate into their tape recording machine as he goes hither and thither around the great city, of which we see much. Indeed, Antwerp being a favourite city of mine is another reason for this being so pleasurable for me to watch. The biggest surprise for me here, was not the much heralded, though undeniably effective S&M sequences but the extent to which humour plays a part here. There is a Bond poster on the wall at one point, as well as a shot from a Goddard film and it would seem Mr Grillet is also having a bit of a go at the very genre itself. Marvellous.


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