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The Last Train (1973)

Le train (original title)
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 ... Monique Maroyeur
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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Finnish censorship visa # 32526 delivered on 11-3-1974. See more »

Soundtracks

Ça Fait d'Excellents Français
Music by Georges Van Parys
Lyrics by Jean Boyer
Performed by Maurice Chevalier
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THE LAST TRAIN (Pierre Granier-Deferre, 1973) **1/2
7 October 2006 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Unusual but not terribly compelling WWII drama almost wholly set aboard a train (transporting French people fleeing from the oncoming Nazi invaders). The film's core is the budding romance between fellow passengers Jean-Louis Trintignant (whose pregnant wife and young daughter are staying in a different compartment and eventually get 'lost' along the way) and Romy Schneider, a German-Jew war widow.

Despite a busy narrative - Trintignant stepping down at every station to ask for the possible whereabouts of his family, Schneider being picked on by a group of loutish passengers in view of her aristocratic airs (meanwhile, an ageing prostitute is all-too-willing to render her services free of charge in such hard times!) and for whom the usually meek Trintignant stands up, a rather underdeveloped subplot involving young single mother Anne Wiazemsky (then still married to Jean-Luc Godard), etc. - the tone of the film is too glum and the treatment too conventional to generate much audience involvement; that said, the interspersing of black-and-white newsreels of similar events from the era was an inspired touch and the scene in which the train comes under aerial attack from the Nazis, leaving numerous victims, is nicely handled (even if the moment when a couple are mown down while relieving themselves in an open field comes off as unintentionally funny!). Besides, the film has other virtues in the pleasant countryside photography of Walter Wottitz (an expert in WWII-based films, among them John Frankenheimer's THE TRAIN [1964] - which was actually filmed in France!) and a lush score from Philippe Sarde.

An interesting moment in the film occurs when Trintignat scoffs at Schneider's recounting of how the Nazis intended to exterminate the Jewish population, which gives credence to the notion that the world only became aware of the full extent of the Holocaust after the war was over. When the train arrives at its destination, Trintignant is re-united with his family (including a new-born son) - but not before having passed off Schneider as his wife to the Gestapo officials! At the end, however, when she's captured as a member of the Resistance they're somehow able to link her back to him and the couple are brought together for questioning...


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