THE BATTLE OF THE RAILS (René Clément, 1945)

La bataille du rail, René Clément’s greatest film, consists of reconstructed episodes of the French Resistance involving railroads and railway workers during the German Occupation, culminating in the Liberation.      The film opens on a railway station sign, on the line of demarcation between Occupied and “Free” France, which suggests that the Germans, directly or indirectly, […]