The Train ★★★½

Films I watched while in Vermont - 13

There's more light of technical wonder in single scenes of a John Frankenheimer than the entirety of most films. His thrilling, dynamic style of directing always excites me. The use of dutch angles and high and low angle shots were the perfect match for the political thriller subgenre. The Train works on a fuel of stubborn determination brought to its very end. Paul Scofield and Burt Lancaster were excellent casting choices, portraying two very opposites sides of the question: what's worth more, the lives of men or the value of national heritage?

In the end, it's a very good film. Worth alone to see the lengths Frankenheimer uses on-location and actual stunts for his action sequences. Such a unique director. That is all.