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La Bataille Du Rail

La Bataille Du Rail

Jean Daurand
Director: René Clément Cast: Jean Daurand
Jean Daurand
, Tony Laurent
Tony Laurent
, Jean Clarieux
Jean Clarieux
René Clément

DVD (B&W / Full Frame)

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La Bataille du Rail (Battle of the Rails) is regarded by many cineastes as the one truly great French "resistance" film. Based on fact, the episodic plotline details the courageous efforts by French railray workers to sabotage Nazi reinforcement-troop trains. The film's thesis is that this underground activity was largely responsible for the allied victory on D-Day. Writer-director Rene Clement enhanced the reality of the story by filming on actual locations and using genuine railway employees and resistance fighters in the cast. Admittedly slow going at times, La Bataille du Rail is more successful as a morale-booster than as pure entertainment.

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Product Details

Release Date: 01/31/2006
UPC: 0736899090821
Original Release: 1945
Rating: NR
Source: Facets
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:25:00
Sales rank: 47,091

Special Features

Facets cine-notes collectible booklet; Scene selection

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean Daurand Actor
Tony Laurent Actor
Jean Clarieux Lampin
Jacques Desagneaux Athos
Charles Boyer Narrator
Fernand Rauzena Yard Worker

Technical Credits
René Clément Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Henri Alékan Cinematographer
Colette Audry Screenwriter
Yves Baudrier Score Composer
Jacques Desagneaux Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- La Bataille du Rail
1. Opening Credits [1:20]
2. The Railways [8:36]
3. The Resistance [9:56]
4. Executions and Communications [8:14]
5. Operations at St. Andre [12:39]
6. Ambush [9:16]
7. Attacking the Amored Train [11:25]
8. Major Derailments [10:02]
9. Elevan Trains to Stop [7:51]
10. Liberation [2:47]

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