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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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Storyline

This movie is a story about French railroad workers who were part of organized resistance during the German WW2 occupation.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Torn From the Files of the French Underground! 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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In part financed by what had been the Resistance as a way of showing international audiences what the French population had been facing under Nazi oppression. The Resistance was also keen to let the world know that they had been actively involved in disrupting the German war machine in France as the international perception at the time was that the French had capitulated and collaborated a little too easily with their Nazi captors. See more »

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(in cast) et Les cheminots de France See more »

Connections

Featured in La résistance (2008) See more »

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René Clement has shot one of the best films about trains and wars.
2 June 2013 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

For cinema enthusiasts, it is important to learn that the value of trains in the field of cinema has always been justly understood by filmmakers as truthful portrayals of trains have been extremely useful in making films which have become extremely popular with critics as well as with viewers. It would be appropriate to state that most of the films about war have an air of authenticity due to the realistic depiction of trains in them. It would not be an exaggeration to state that war films are popular due to the portrayal of trains in them. La Bataille Du Rail/The Battle of the Rails is the best example of a war film with trains and their impact on war as its major plot. The success of this film is due to the efforts of ordinary railway workers in war time France who were quick to realize that the damage to railway system in occupied France would be a key weapon in their fight against Nazi Germany. Those who favor technology in cinema would be shocked to learn how professionally the massive annihilation of trains was carried out in "The Battle of the Rails" despite the evident lack of technology. In 1946, this film by René Clément won a jury prize at Cannes Film Festival. In recent times, La Bataille Du Rail/The Battle of the Rails has been hailed as one of the classics of world cinema as it was shown in "Cannes Classics" section during 63rd Cannes International Film Festival held in 2010. Hardcore cinema enthusiasts would be thrilled to learn that it has been fully restored by INA in France where it can also be watched on DVD as well as Blu Ray formats.


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