A superior WWII film that provides plenty of edge-of-the-seat thrills, THE TRAIN also poses a rather serious philosophical question: is the preservation of art worth a human life? Set in France in the summer of 1944, with the Germans in retreat, the film begins as a German colonel, von
Waldheim (Paul Scofield), is ordered to transport the collection of the Jeu de Paume Museum--including numerous masterpieces--by train to the Fatherland. The curator of the museum gets word of the plan to the Resistance, and they persuade Labiche (Burt Lancaster), a railway inspector, to try to
save the priceless works of art. THE TRAIN was originally to have been helmed by Arthur Pe...