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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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Julien Maroyeur
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Anna Kupfer
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Maurice - le déserteur
Paul Amiot ...
François dit Verdun - un ancien combattant
Nike Arrighi ...
Monique Maroyeur
Paul Le Person ...
Le commissaire
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La fille-mère
Roger Ibáñez ...
L'émigré espagnol
Jean Lescot ...
René
Franco Mazzieri ...
Le maquignon
Serge Marquand ...
Moustachu
Régine ...
Julie - la prostituée
Jacques Alric ...
Le gendarme
Henri Attal ...
Le chauffeur de la locomotive
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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31 October 1973 (France)  »

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The Last Train  »

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Because Régine, a famous French singer and nightclub proprietor, used to arrive on the set with her own car with chauffeur, the rest of the cast thought at first the production team gave her a special VIP treatment. See more »

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Siding
23 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

In th seventies,Granier-Deferre became the "cinema De Qualité " director par excellence ;more accessible and less pretentious than Claude Sautet after "Max Et Les Ferrailleurs " ,his career really began in the early sixties with two estimable movies with Jean Gabin ("La Horse" and "Le Chat"),he continued with craftsman works such as "La Veuve Couderc" or "Le Train" ,both Georges Simenon's books transferred to the screen.

It may explain the "detective story" ending,which may seem a bit irrelevant in a realistic movie,but it is saved by the talent of the two principals,Schneider and Trintignant,injecting more emotion into the scene than you might think possible.

This is an apt title,for most of the movie takes place on a train,a train full of people running away from the German armies in 1940 (the beginning recalls René Clément's "Jeux Interdits" (1952).The screenwriters made no bones about criticizing French cowardliness and selfishness;it was before "Lacombe Lucien" to be precise ;As the character played by Maurice Biraud remarks :"we're afraid,we are fleeing,so we don't fight each other,get it?" On the train,the characters are stereotypes,particularly the hooker played by Regine ,probably inspired by Maupassant's "Boule De Suif",the unwed mother (oddly portrayed by cerebral (who said tedious?) Anne Wiazemsky,two sex maniacs ("when I look at you (the whore),I look like a beast !- even when you don't!);the Jewish German (Schneider),the average man (Trintignant).

An user complained that this man in the street should leave his pregnant wife and his little girl for a while and sleep with the German woman:in a world gone mad,anything can happen ,it would never have happened,had this electrician continued his routine life .

Following René Clément's steps in "Jeux Interdits" ,GD smartly integrates black and white archives films which ,with a careful editing ,turn color when the director returns to his fiction.Which his predecessor was not able to do.


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