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Berlin Express DVD

Jacques Tourneur, 1948

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Film Details

Directed by Jacques Tourneur

Produced in 1948

Main Language - English

Countries & Regions - American film

Cast

Charles Korvin, Merle Oberon, Paul Lukas, Reinhold Schunzel, Robert Coote, Robert Ryan

Genres

Classic Drama MoviesClassic Film NoirClassic War MoviesFilm NoirAmerican Film

MovieMail's Review

Memorable for using a bombed-out Frankfurt as a location after WWII, Berlin Express brought a documentary eye to post-war film noir. Surprisingly Nick Riddle reports that the film predated The Third Man by a year!

Night-time pursuits through postwar ruins, partitioned European cities, black marketeers... Berlin Express predates The Third Man by a year, but somebody should programme them as a double bill.

Jacques Tourneur, director of classics like Cat People and Out of the Past, draws on a range of styles, from Hitchcock and film noir to documentary (complete with sombre voice-over). The plot concerns the kidnapping of a German diplomat who is trying to reunite his country, and the efforts of an ad-hoc alliance of strangers to save him. Robert Ryan is the earnest American groping his way through the bombed-out streets, not to mention the shadowy loyalties of his travelling companions. And a suspicious bunch they are too, a microcosm of the shellshocked, uneasy Europe of the late forties. What makes Berlin Express especially fascinating is how it captures a historical moment when the wounds of the War were still very fresh - the ruins of Frankfurt are shown in sobering detail - but when the idea of friendly relations between the US and the Soviets still seemed tenable.

Nick Riddle on 26th August 2010
Author of 77 reviews

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Film Description

A classic film noir, Berlin Express is set in Germany in the aftermath of World War Two. While journeying by train from Paris to Berlin, a group of passengers, of varying nationalities, become tangled up in a Nazi plan to assassinate Dr. Bernhardt (Paul Lukas), a German war protester. The five travellers must search a war-devasted Frankfurt, in order to unveil a group of Nazi spies.

DVD Details

Certificate: PG

Publisher: Odeon Entertainment

Length: 83 mins

Format: DVD B&W

Region: 2

Released: 20th September 2010

Cat No: ODNF189

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