Filmed amid the actual bombed out ruins of Frankfurt and Berlin after World War II, Berlin Express recounts the dangerous attempts to unify Germany, as four post-war heroes from Britain, France, Russia, and the U.S. battle die-hard Nazis to rescue an anti-fascist German statesman.
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I loved this, the repetitions, the calmness. It catalogs key aspects of post-WWII Germany in the most peculiar way, one which often contradicts what's happening in the narrative proper. And the voice-over narration; what is happening there?! Very tender and tense. It seems to me to be so much about the elusiveness of trust, of connections. The clowns, the introductions, & so much else about this film feels beyond me.
They made these movies after the war that were a combination of documentary and fiction film-making. Telling the story about what was happening in Germany at the time, and throwing in a murder mystery. It's much more of an ensemble effort than you typically saw during the time. Indeed, it was about teamwork, and the idea of a unified Germany that would take another 42 years to come true.
CINEMA, 35 mm _ Cluedo for cinephiles in the immediate turmoil of post-WWII. There is very little to believe in this RKO production where Tourneur does a correct job of leading his story where he wants but some glimpses of neorealism catch the eye : the footages of Frankfurt and Berlin in ruins give a special background to the film. Heavy voice over and very dialectical dialogues should have been avoided.
There's very little thriller and not much on trains, but has a fascinating historical footage of post WWII Frankfurt Germany and the devastation wrought by the war. It's an interesting film, worth seeing.