Burt Lancaster in The Train (1964)
Burt Lancaster in The Train (1964)
The Train (1964)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

The Train

John Frankenheimer | United States | 1964 | PG

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Wed 17 May 2023

Lancaster and Frankenheimer’s fourth collaboration in three years is a fascinating, action-packed account of the Nazis’ attempts to freight modern art masterpieces to Germany prior to Paris’ imminent liberation in 1944. Lancaster stars as the ambivalent Resistance cell leader charged with the task of sabotaging a train carrying works by Picasso, Gauguin and many others. Shot on location and featuring a rich array of French and British actors including Jeanne Moreau, Michel Simon and Paul Scofield, Frankenheimer’s bold, ironic and handsomely detailed film weighs the human price of art.

Format: DCP
Language: English
Source: Park Circus
Runtime: 133 mins

Event duration

133 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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About the program

Burt Lancaster (1913–94) didn’t appear in his first film until he was in her early thirties. Prior to his breakthrough role alongside Ava Gardner in The Killers (1946), he had a highly successful career as a circus acrobat and as an entertainer in the Special Forces during World War II...

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