Alexander Seal

The Train

Director: John Frankenheimer. Screenplay: Franklin Coen, Frank Davis, Walter Bernstein (French version: Albert Husson). Based on the novel Le Front de l’Art by: Rose Valland. Photography: Jean Tournier, Walter Wottitz. Production Designer: Willy Holt. Special Effects: Lee Zavitz. Editors: David Bretherton, Gabriel Rongier. Sound: Joseph de Bretagne. Music: Maurice Jarre. Producer: Jules Bricken. Associate Producer: Bernard Farrel. Production/release: United Artists-Ariane-Dear Films. September 1964. 140 minutes

Paul Labiche – Burt Lancaster
Col. Von Waldheim – Paul Scofield
Christine – Jeanne Moreau
Papa Boule – Michel Simon
Mademoiselle Villard – Suzanne Flon
Pesquet – Charles Millot
Didont – Albert Rémy
Stationmaster – Jacques Marin
Spinet – Paul Bonifas
Major Herren – Wolfgang Preiss
Capt. Dietrich – Howard Vernon
Major of retreating convoy – Jean-Claude Bercq
Lieut. Of retreating convoy – Jean-Jacques Lecomte
General Von Lubitz – Richard Munch
Bernard – Bernard Lajarrige
Capt. Schmidt – Jean Bouchard
Sgt. Schwartz – Donald O’Brien
Lt. Pilzer – Art Brauss
Sgt. Grote – Richard Baily
Robert – Christian Fuin
Priest – Daniel Lecourtois
General’s Aide – Elmo Kindermann
Hubert – Jacques Blot



USA 1964

Produced by Jules Bricken
Directed by John Frankenheimer
Script by Franklin Coen and Frank Davis
Based on "Le Fort de l'Art" by Rose Vailand
Photography by Jean Tournier and Walte Wottitz
Music By Maurice Jarre

Jacques Marin - Jacques the Stationmaster at Rive-Reine
Paul Bonifas - Spinet
Jean Bouchaud - Capt. Schmidt
Donald O'Brien - Sgt. Schwartz (as Donal O'Brien)
Jean-Pierre Zola - Octave
Arthur Brauss ... Pilzer
Jean-Claude Bercq - Major
Howard Vernon - Dietrich
Bernard La Jarrige - Bernard
Louis Falavigna - Railroad Worker
Daniel Lecourtois - Priest
Richard Bailey - Grote
Christian Fuin - Robert (Jacques' nephew)
Helmo Kindermann - Ordinance Officer
Roger Lumont - Engineer Officer
Gérard Buhr - Corporal
Christian Rémy - Tauber
Max Fromm - Gestapo Officer

Victor Beaumont - Bit Part (uncredited)
Jacques Blot - Hubert (uncredited)
Michel Charrel - Bit Part (uncredited)
Nick Dimitri - German Soldier (uncredited)
Jean-Jacques Leconte - Lieutenant of Retreating Convoy (uncredited)
Wolfgang Sauer - Bit Part (uncredited)

Create a character page for: ? Produced by Jules Bricken .... producer Bernard Farrel .... associate producer Original Music by Maurice Jarre Cinematography by Jean Tournier (photographed by) Walter Wottitz (photographed by) Film Editing by David Bretherton Gabriel Rongier (uncredited) Production Design by Willy Holt Makeup Department Georges Bouban .... makeup artist Production Management Serge LeBeau .... unit manager (as Serge Lebeau) Robert Velin .... production manager Art Department Marc Frédérix .... assistant production designer (as Marc Frederix) Roger Volper .... assistant production designer Sound Department Jacques Carrère .... sound re-recordist Joseph de Bretagne .... sound (as Joseph De Bretagne) Jacques Maumont .... sound re-recordist Special Effects by Lee Zavitz .... special effects Visual Effects by Jean Touchet .... optical effects Stunts Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited) Camera and Electrical Department Andre Dommage .... camera operator Vincent Rossell .... still photographer (uncredited) Costume and Wardrobe Department Jean Zay .... wardrober Music Department Maurice Jarre .... conductor Maurice Jarre .... musical director (uncredited) Other crew Jules Bricken .... presenter


I'm John Frankenheimer I directed this movie and I remember it was frosty, it was really so cold, it was freezing cold the night we shot this shot. It was also the night I got married.

This was a set and the reproductions I think are really incredibly good. Since this movie is about what happens to these paintings I just tried to introduce them, much as you would introduce a leading actor. What I chose to do was just hit each one of these things with spotlights. It also gave us a chance to really set up this German Colonel as someone who was quite special, as not just another moustache twirling Nazi. The thing about this character was that he really did appreciate these paintings.

The whole idea of that scene was just to set him up as being perhaps a sympathetic German Officer and then boom to hit it with the Nazis coming in and saying put these on the train.

This is a very very important seququence