Thursday, August 1
(1964, John Frankenheimer) Art-loving Nazi Paul Scofield loads up half of France’s masterpieces on a train bound for the Fatherland; then it’s up to trainman Burt Lancaster and the Resistance to stop it, via re-routings, detours, delays, and ultimately spectacular train crashes, shot without special effects and Lancaster doing his own stunts. But are paintings worth a single human life? 35mm. Approx. 133 min.
“Lancaster mastered all the tasks connected with railroad engineering and performed most of his own demanding stunts.”
– Philip French, The Guardian
“A vivid melodrama through which Mr. Lancaster bolts with all that straight, strong, American sporting instinct and physical agility for which he is famous.”
– Bosley Crowther, The New York Times