Berlin Express 1948

Berlin Express

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During World War II, passengers of various nationalities travel by train from France to Berlin. One of them, Dr. Bernhardt (Paul Lukas), is an influential peacemaker who wants to mend the war-torn continent. When Nazi conspirators determined to keep Bernhardt quiet set off an explosion on the train, it kills a man who turns out to be Bernhardt's decoy. Other passengers (Merle Oberon, Robert Ryan, Robert Coote) seek the doctor for an explanation, but deception is all around.

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  • Dec 08, 2019
    An excellent film that is marred with an intrusive narration. Yet, this spy thriller is a stunning visual achievement as it was shot in Germany immediately after the war. The rubble is a striking backdrop for the scenes where a international group of people search for a kidnapped diplomat. This was among the first films where Robert Ryan started to sear his presence into stardom. There's a nice chemistry between him and Merle Oberon and the rest of the supporting cast is excellent especially Paul Lukas as the diplomat. Jacques Tourneur directs with a great sense of timing as the film clips along nicely. His only flaw was the excessive use of narration that goes from exposition to meddlesome documentary.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Jan 31, 2013
    The first half of the film is terribly uneven with the worst mono tone narration put to the screen. The narration describes what is being said on the screen instead of allowing the story to be told with subtitles.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • May 12, 2011
    That stupid and completely un-cinematic voice over kills the entire first half of an otherwise stunning looking thriller by a master filmmaker who loved shadows and camera angles.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer
  • Nov 30, 2008
    I have not seen too many 1948 movies. Most interesting thing about this movie is that it seems they used actual footage of bombed out Frankfurt and Berlin as backdrops to the movie. The movie is quite idealistic - five people from five different countries try to rescue a German peacemaker just after WWII.
    Red L Super Reviewer

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