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« on: October 03, 2011, 04:07:39 PM »

Berlin Express (1948) Director: Jacques Tourneur, with, Merle Oberon, Robert Ryan, Charles Korvin, Paul Lukas, Robert Coote and many others. Itís a fairly suspenseful spy story set in post WW2 Europe, it begins on the Berlin Express and finishes in a bombed out Frankfurt.



Seems as if it could have used a bit more scenes on the Express, once it gets to Frankfurt the city is so bombed out that the ruins tend to blend all uninterestingly together, perhaps when audiences saw it in the theaters the fresh ruins of destruction in postwar Germany wowed them. Looking back at this film today its not quite as effective as it may have once been.

Anyway, during the course of the film members of various Allied nations combine efforts to Dr. Bernhardt a German diplomat/professor who apparently has some sort of vision of a unified postwar Germany and is en route to a conference in Berlin to present it to the allies at a conference. There's a faction of Germans (ex-Naziís) who oppose him. The sort of the usual cold war dynamics going on the British & Americans do not trust the Russians.

Its interesting but not outstanding film, sort of misses more than hits its marks caught it the other day on TCM 6.5/10

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