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They don't make 'em like this anymore - an action movie with a literate flair, pitch perfect acting, and effin' awesome train wrecks. Michel Simon, (Vigo's choice for a pseudo-father from "L'Atlante"!!) as Papa Boule, is just wonderful, 'specially when he's reminiscing about a girl he knew from the Impressionist heydays, and for whose memory hepays the ultimate sacrifice. Lancaster has more physical reality in this role than any other actor could portray - when he pours the babbit in the huge con-rod, files it, and then manhandles it back on to the engine, is pure Industrial Age poetry. Paul Scofield is possibly the most intelligently evil villain ever, and surely the baddest Nazi ever on screen. This movie made me love Frankenheimer, for sure.
This movie remains, albeit in pieces, in one of my serial nightmares. And that's after I saw it as a kid, on TV, more than 35 years ago. It's powerful stuff.
Burt Lancaster is so unique, sensual, virile, athletic and yet, very sensitive and graceful. Never tire of his performances.
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