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Pacific 231 (1949)

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 ... See full summary »

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Jean Mitry
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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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Intriguing combination of Eisenstein/Fantasia
30 November 2000 | by edwartellSee all my reviews

The opening titles announce that this isn't a documentary, but rather attempts to establish atmosphere. It does that for the first couple of minutes, following a train with natural sound, with rather conventional editing. Then the soundtrack switches to some modern symphony or other, and the editing speeds up to keep pace, sometimes as fast as the famous Eisenstein. This is a one-trick pony, but it's worth one watch (and it's less than 10 minutes anyway). This can be found on the New York Annex series of experimental films videos, Vol. 11.


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France

Language:

French

Release Date:

September 1949 (France) See more »

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Tadié Cinéma See more »
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Mono (Klangfilm)

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1.37 : 1
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