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Directed by: Jacques Tourneur

Produced: 1948

Countries & Regions: United States

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Certificate: PG

Studio: Screenbound

Length: 83 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 20 September 2010

Cat No: ODNF189

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Languages(s): English
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Berlin Express

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

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Classic film-noir set in the aftermath of World War Two in Germany. While journeying by train from Paris to Berlin, a group of... Read More

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Classic film-noir set in the aftermath of World War Two in Germany. 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.

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.

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