Film: 587

Railways | 1940 | Sound | B/W


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A visual interpretation of Honegger's locomotive tone-poem of a fast run on a train hauled by one of the powerful Pacific 231 Class locomotives of French railways 1940's

An opening sequence uses only natural sound, which serves to accentuate the dramatic moment when the music starts in time with the first massive movement of the wheels and connecting rods as the locomotive begins its run. There are some remarkable shots during the journey, notably of the valve gear in action at speed and a very low angle view of the track ahead as the train races through the open countryside. The locomotive used throughout the film is 231.

Railway train the Orient Express runs through French countryside. Very Good edited close ups of tracks going by, wheels and pistons racing at full speed, telegraph poles passing. The engine at full speed through the countryside

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