"La Bataille du Rail"
Directed by Rene Clement
A remarkable and courageous film from noted French
director Rene Clement (Forbidden Games),
who completed the work during the final months of WWII under extremely
dangerous conditions. Using a cast of non-professionals, Clement tells the
story of French railway workers who bravely battle the Nazis on many fronts,
making possible the Allied invasion of 1944. Shot in a gritty,
semi-documentary style, Clement's film has been compared to Rossellini's
groundbreaking neorealist masterpiece Open City. "The most important
film [...] about the French resistance" (The Guardian). French with
English subtitles. 280 minutes.