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Monday, June 15, 2020

‘The Train’: When filmmakers and their public understood it was wrong to destroy remembrances of things past



The Train (1964)

When filmmakers and their public understood it was wrong to destroy remembrances of things past:

Labiche (played by Burt Lancaster): Now we are three. One, two, three…. We started with 18 [men]. Like your paintings, mademoiselle, we couldn’t replace them. For certain things, we take the risk. But I won’t waste lives on paintings.

Mlle. Villard: But they wouldn’t be wasted. Excuse me. I know that’s a terrible thing to say. But those paintings are part of France. The Germans want to take them away. They’ve taken our land, our food. They live in our houses. And now they’re trying to take our art. This beauty, this vision of life born out of France. Our special vision. Our trust. We hold it in trust. Don’t you see? For everyone. This is our pride. What we create and hold for the world. There are worse things to risk your life for than that.

See <https://www.scripts.com/script/the_train_21496>.





Seth

Seth Barrett Tillman, ‘The Train’: When filmmakers and their public understood it was wrong to destroy remembrances of things past, New Reform Club (June 15, 2020, 8:55 AM), <https://reformclub.blogspot.com/2020/06/the-train-when-filmmakers-and-their.html>;


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