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40 Ratings

Pacific 231

Directed by Jean Mitry
France, 1949
Documentary, Avant-Garde, Short


A visual interpretation of Honegger’s orchestral piece, inspired by the physical excitement and drama of an express train as it leaves the station and rushes through the countryside.

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Pacific 231 Directed by Jean Mitry

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1949 | Winner: Best Subject - Short Film

What are people saying?

  • Mighty Quinn's rating of the film Pacific 231

    An interesting film because of the way it shows how images can be manipulated into exciting us though shots and editing, and without the use of human characters, or drama. Here, the main drama is an intense scene of a train docking at a yard. It sounds boring on paper, but Pacific 231 is sort of like the symphony films from German and Russia, like "Man with a Movie Camera". A good example of Hitchcock's "Pure Cinema"

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