Cinema: Lococommotion

The Train. The setting is occupied Paris in August 1944. With the Allied liberation at hand, an ascetic Nazi colonel (Paul Scofield) orders his troops into the Jeu de Paume Museum to crate up Van Goghs, Utrillos, Manets, Cezannes, Picassos—altogether some 1,200 impressionist and postimpressionist canvases, destined for a rail trip to Berlin. "Beauty belongs to the man who can appreciate it," says Scofield. Given secret orders to stop the train, a French railroad inspector and

Resistance leader (Burt Lancaster) at first refuses, insisting: "I won't waste lives on paintings."

Thus this action melodrama,...

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