• The Train (1964)

FP056: Life Vs. Art

In "the last great B&W action movie," bruised anti-hero Paul Labiche, portrayed by the ever-great Burt Lancaster, rescues a train-load of impressionist paintings from a mean old Nazi bad guy, played with depth and aplomb by the amazing Paul Scofield, one year away from his Academy Award for A Man for All Seasons. John Frankenheimer beautifully plays the human emotions against the iron and steam of the trains themselves, creating a powerful film about the triumph of the will. Hmm, that didn't come out quite right.

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