Thursday, November 1, 2007

trains in cinema, part 3

philip d'antoni: the seven-ups, 1973

alan arkin: little murders, 1971
elliott gould on the nyc subway, covered in blood

hal ashby: bound for glory, 1976

bernardo bertolucci: il conformista, 1970
stunning train sequences (one quite artificial) photographed by vittorio storaro

charles brabin: the valley of the giants, 1927

clarence brown: possessed, 1931
one of the most spectacular sequences in film history

charles burnett: killer of sheep, 1977
youths throw stones and fool around with trains

nuri bilge ceylan: uzak (distant), 2002
train in a stunning snowy landscape, and an abstracted streetcar

michael cimino: deer hunter, 1978
a near imperceptible moment

stuart cooper: overlord, 1975
many stunning train sequences, and transportation images in general

francis ford coppola: the godfather part II, 1974

david cronenberg: eastern promises, 2007
train passes briefly on a bridge

clint eastwood: unforgiven, 1992
a few sequences, including one with english bob in the rain

flags of our father, 2006

the gauntlet, 1977
eastwood and sondra locke catch a train while on the run

milos forman: loves of a blonde, 1965

john frankenheimer: black sunday, 1977

william friedkin: the french connection, 1971

david gordon green: george washington, 2000
shot around north carolina (asheville, winston salem etc.). i especially like the disolve to red abstraction (terrence malick)

all the real girls, 2003

paul greengrass: the bourne ultimatum, 2007

alfred hitchcock: the wrong man, 1956
henry fonda on the train checking out the horses in the paper

otar iosselliani: pastorale, 1976
train heard but not seen in the beginning, then seen later on in the film going through the pastoral landscape

joris ivens: regen (rain), 1929
street cars in the rain. one great shot of a train passing seen reflected in a puddle

peter jackson: forgotten silver, 1995

aki kaurismäki: the man without a past, 2002
a train brings the (soon to be) man without a past into helsinki

lights in the dusk, 2006

dimitri kirsanoff: ménilmontant, 1926

ang lee: the ice storm, 1997

brokeback mountain, 2005
begining has a nice train shot

archie mayo: orchestra wives, 1942

paul mazursky: harry and tonto, 1974
brief train crossing

jirí menzel: clossely watched trains, 1966
the title says it all, trains in motion, snow, and smoke

bennett miller: capote, 2005
a nice distant (horizontal) train goes by

david miller: lonely are the brave, 1962

ronald neame: odessa file, 1974

yasujiro ozu: a story of floating weeds, 1934
film opens and closes with a train in the dark

georg wilhelm pabst: der liebe der jeanne ney, 1927

sam peckinpah: the getaway, 1972

d.a. pennebaker: bob dylan: don't look back, 1967

frank perry: rancho deluxe, 1975

dick richards: rafferty and the gold dust twins, 1975

george a. romero: martin, 1977
grizly murder on a train, then some nice subway shots

stuart rosenberg: pocket money, 1972
a train for shipping cattle out of mexico

the drowning pool, 1975
new orleans street car

richard c. sarafian: vanishing point, 1971

john sayles: matewan, 1987
some brilliant train shots

martin scorsese: no direction home: bob dylan, 2005

tony scott: deja vu, 2006
new orleans streetcar

richard serra: railroad turnbridge, 1976
shot in portland, a la michael snow

vittorio de sica: indiscretion of an american wife/stazione termini, 1953
unorthodox behavior in a stationary train

two women (la ciociara) 1960
passengers hand off sophia loren's belongings through the train windows

john stahl: leave her to heaven, 1945
wonderful deco club car in the beginning of the film, with gene tierney and cornell wilde

aleksandr sokurov: maria, 1988

john sturges: joe kidd, 1972
heavies arrive by train at beginning of movie, and clint eastwood uses train as a device to kill heavies at the film's ending (by driving it into a drinking establishment)

jános szász: woyzeck, 1994
images found in trains in cinema, part 2

anh hung tran: cyclo (xích-lô), 1995

william a. wellman: beggars of life, 1928
hobos jumping freight trains & train crash

wim wenders: the american friend, 1977

billy wilder: double indemnity, 1944

ace in the hole, 1951

micheal winner: deathwish, 1974
vigilantism on the nyc subway

robert wise: the set-up, 1949

fred zinnemann: day of the jackal, 1973
mercenary train travel

(thanks to everyone for suggestions and a few images)
the third in a series of train studies, (see parts 1 & 2)


Anonymous said...

god, this is the most charming, loveliest crazyiest overkill-post i have seen so far in the blogworld. I have of course seen none of the films, but i do love trains. Thank you for this delight, this must have been an impressive amount of work.

squareamerica said...

Wow! Another great post. The Kino Edison: The Invention of the Movies has some great train stuff- Not just The Great Train Robbery (Still probably the most famous train film) but plenty of others as well. I think The Train Wreckers in particular has a couple of great shots- one of an passing train seen through a switching house window and one of a damsel in distress being rescued from on oncoming train (in reverse no less!). Among more current cinema the first film that leaps to mind is Hou Hsaio-Hsien's Cafe Lumiere. Love the site!!

the art of memory said...

thank you both, i have just been capturing images as i watch them, so it is not encyclopedic, more just an obsession. i think i started this one the day after i posted the last one.
i have been meaning to watch that edison dvd, and, i don't remember cafe lumiere so well, i should watch it again. i am not so crazy about that fellow's films, but i do remember liking that one. thanks again.

DT said...

A beautiful sequence and a wonderful blog - I'm happy to have found it recently.

the art of memory said...

thank you, glad you found it, a needle in the haystack.
i like the images of trains and travel on your blog, i will take a closer look.
take care.

Jared said...

I did a post a while ago on Café Lumière, and mentioned the trains. Nowhere near as complete as this post. Very nice.

the art of memory said...

very nice, i need to watch the movie again.

Virginia Postrel said...

Great post. I'm trying to find stills from the Possessed train sequence that I can license for publication in a book I'm working on. Is yours a screen capture or did you find a still somewhere? Please email me at Thanks.

the art of memory said...

dear virginia,
i can't really remember, but i think i just did a search on line because i didn't have access to a dvd. it is a great film, esp. this sequence.