Berlin Express (1948), Worth A Look

This is a well meaning little film with a lot of hopeful postwar American rhetoric. The film is trying to say that Germany is better united then carved up even if it only be one division between the Soviet and Democratic forces. At the center is a German who fought in the underground and is traveling by train to a conference concerning the future of Germany. Along with him are representatives from other governments including the actor Robert Ryan.

There is an assassination attempt on the train followed by a kidnapping. It leads the passengers to look for him in Frankfurt. It’s got director Jacques Tourneur’s style creating some beautiful shots like the one pictured above. However, the film is filled with a lot of rhetoric usually delivered by a narrator who doesn’t know when to shut up and let us enjoy the film.

It’s right down the middle so it’s worth a look.

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