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La Bataille du Rail
La Bataille du Rail
Actors: Charles Boyer, Jean Clarieux, Jacques Desagneaux, Fernand Rauzena, Jean Daurand
Director: René Clément
Genres: Indie & Art House, Military & War
NR     2006     1hr 25min

LA BATAILLE DU RAIL, the remarkable and courageous film from noted French director René Clément (Forbidden Games, Gervaise), finally makes its way to home video. During the Occupation of France by Nazi Germany, French rail...  more »


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Actors: Charles Boyer, Jean Clarieux, Jacques Desagneaux, Fernand Rauzena, Jean Daurand
Director: René Clément
Genres: Indie & Art House, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Military & War
Studio: Facets
Format: DVD - Black and White,Full Screen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 01/31/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/1946
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1946
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 25min
Screens: Black and White,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 6
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: French
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

An epic of resistance!
Hiram Gomez Pardo | Valencia, Venezuela | 08/20/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"La bataille du rail" is (who doubts?) one of the most emotive and realistic war films ever made but focused from a totally new perspective. It deals with the different procedures tactics and strategies employed by these brave and anonymous railroad men, who risked their lives under the service of a free France.

The film is narrated in a semi- documental style, with a voice in off until the first third part of the movie, and explores all the set of trickeries, acts of sabotage in all the possible fronts; altering with a sophisticated web of communication by then, all the plans of the enemy in question.

Fascinating, mesmerizing and unforgettable film that fairly deserved the historical first Award in Cannes in 1946 as Best Film.

A classic and one of my preferred cult movies.
Poor history, poor plot, poor video.
From Elder | 10/21/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)

"1) What's shown here is a distortion of history. The real French resistance, the one to which the French point with pride, didn't begin until late 1943. Yes, the movie does depict the events of the D-Day invasion - June '44 - but the implications are that this behavior was continual throughout the war. For an accurate account, I highly recommend "The Sorrow and the Pity".
2) The plot rambles back and forth, with much of the movie documentary footage. It isn't woven into the acted scenes very smoothly, and the progression of events therefore jumps around.
3) Video quality spans the gradient between poor and atrocious. There's been no attempt at restoration, much needed on a 60+ year-old film.
4) There are no extras on the DVD."