La Bataille du Rail/Somewhere in Europe [2 Discs] [DVD]
- SKU: 17881696
- Release Date: 08/25/2009
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- LaBataille Du Rail
- Facets Cine-Notes Collectible Booklet
- Somewhere In Europe
Valahol Europaban (aka Somewhere in Europe and It Happened in Europe) was the second directorial effort from Hungarian filmmaker Geza Radvanyi--and, in the eyes of many film historians, his best work. Drawing his inspiration from the wreckage left behind by WW II, Radvanyi weaves a fascinating yarn about a group of orphaned and/or stranded European children. Left without homes or families, the kids form a gang, robbing others for food and clothing. The gang takes refuge in a bombed-out castle, intending to live there permanently. When it turns out that the castle is occupied by an elderly, shell-shocked musician (Arthur Somley), the kids' first impulse is to rob him too, but the gang's leader (Miklos Gabor) prevents this. Out of the gratitude, the musician "adopts" the children, protecting them from the prying eyes of the local authorities. Filmed entirely on location, Valohol Europaban has a raw vitality and refreshing spontaneity that many of Radvanyi's later films sorely lack. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
La Bataille Du Rail
La Bataille du Rail (Battle of the Rails) is regarded by many cineastes as the one truly great French "resistance" film. Based on fact, the episodic plotline details the courageous efforts by French railray workers to sabotage Nazi reinforcement-troop trains. The film's thesis is that this underground activity was largely responsible for the allied victory on D-Day. Writer-director Rene Clement enhanced the reality of the story by filming on actual locations and using genuine railway employees and resistance fighters in the cast. Admittedly slow going at times, La Bataille du Rail is more successful as a morale-booster than as pure entertainment. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Cast & Crew
- György Bardi
- Laszlo Horvath
- Laszlo Kemeny
- Istvan Rozsos