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Le train (1973)

Two people, a Frenchman Julien Maroyeur and a Jewish German woman (Anna Kupfer) met on a train while escaping the German army entering France.

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Georges Simenon (novel), Pierre Granier-Deferre (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Julien Maroyeur
Romy Schneider ... Anna Kupfer
Maurice Biraud ... Maurice - le déserteur
Paul Amiot Paul Amiot ... François dit Verdun - un ancien combattant
Nike Arrighi Nike Arrighi ... Monique Maroyeur
Paul Le Person Paul Le Person ... Le commissaire
Anne Wiazemsky ... La fille-mère
Roger Ibáñez Roger Ibáñez ... L'émigré espagnol
Jean Lescot Jean Lescot ... René
Franco Mazzieri Franco Mazzieri ... Le maquignon
Serge Marquand Serge Marquand ... Moustachu
Régine ... Julie - la prostituée
Jacques Alric Jacques Alric ... Le gendarme
Henri Attal Henri Attal ... Le chauffeur de la locomotive
Paul Bonifas Paul Bonifas ... Le voisin
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May 1940 - Germany invades Europe, people panic and try to flee by any means possible. In France, Julien, a radio repairman, boards a train with his wife and child. As the men are placed in cattle cars with only the women and elderly allowed in the passenger cars, events begin their fateful turning as the insignificant repairman encounters an attractive fugitive and love begins - a doomed love. Written by alfiehitchie

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Drama | Romance | War

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

31 October 1973 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Train See more »

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Mono

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Final film of Paul Amiot. See more »

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L'Attaque
Written and Performed by Philippe Sarde Et Orchestre
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Romantic film about a fateful love story in the occupied France
25 November 2008 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The film is developed during the Lightning War(Blitzkrieg) a military tactics inaugurated by Hitler and carry out by such combat commanders as General Guderian, commanding the Panzers troops, in the French campaigns of 1940. The accent was no longer placed on endless columns of soldiers marching a few miles a day. Instead of the static lines Lightning War emphasized mobility and fluidity, destroying thousands of artillery pieces as well as several French infantry divisions.The enemy was slowed down by bombing from the air all his means of communications and transportation, trains, roads and the opposing air force was destroyed on the ground. The German regular infantry , foot soldiers and motor-drawn artillery were committed to mop up resistance and join up with advances forces. The French invasion is well reflected in documentary stuff added into the movie. French people attempt to flee by any means possibles, throwing the fugitives and defenders into hopeless confusion . A radio repairman named Julien(Jean Louis Trintignant ) aboard a train with his pregnant spouse and kid. But he's placed in cattle wagon and his family in passengers cars . There Julien knows Jewish-German woman named Anna(Romy Schneider),and falls in love with her.Furthermore they befriend to remainder passengers(Regina,Serge Marquand, among others).

This is an interesting drama/war developed in a French train during the 40s and based on novel by George Simenon,'Inspector Maigret's author'.It's the feeling story about a doomed love with sweet moments and sad ending with fateful destination. Extraordinaries performances from duo protagonist, as Jean Louis Trintignant as insignificant father of family turned into enamored and Jewish saving, and an enjoyable Romy Schneider as long-suffering Jewish turned into Resistance fighter. Colorful cinematography by Walter Wottitz who also photographed 'The train' by John Frankenheimer. Emotive and atmospheric musical score by Philippe Sarde. The motion picture is well directed by Pierre Granier-Deferre who added extensive documentary footage. Writer and filmmaker Pierre Granier directed to French all-stars, Jean Louis Trintignant, Alain Delon but specially worked with Jean Gabin and Lino Ventura ; and again directed to Romy Schneider in 'A woman at her window' . Rating : Better than average.


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