Friday, March 02, 2007
Considering The Train
Matt Zoller Seitz who hangs out at "The House Next Door" has a nice piece on John Frankenheimer's classic film, The Train, starring Paul Scofield and Burt Lancaster. He correctly identifies it as the progenitor of an entire new genre of action film -- one that takes "visible delight in the image of small, desperate men blowing huge things sky-high." The difference is that Frankenheimer's work is much superior to the imitative stuff produced these days. There are important ideas bubbling just beneath the surface, and the last scene is one of the greatest in movie history.
Yep, Scofield is the "Man for All Seasons". It's his career defining role and that makes it neat to see him playing the Nazi villain.
Read about it here.