The Painter and the Thief
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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.
Berlin Express is a decent film. It is about a multinational group of train passengers who become involved in a post-World War II Nazi assassination plot. Merle Oberon and Robert Ryan give good performances. The screenplay is a little slow in places. Jacques Tourneur did an alright directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the drama and mystery.
Plot is ok but fascinating to see the real life ruins of post war Germany.
a good movie showing post war germany and the beginings of the cold war
Exciting thriller set in post World War 2 Germany that is somewhat diminished by the annoyingly invasive narrative.
an idealogical spy thriller
I found those old post-war pictures of Frankfurt and Berlin extremely interesting, having spent many years in both places as they grew out of the rubble into modern cities. The shots of the Pater Nosters in the Frankfurt IGB Farben building brought back delightful and sometimes apprehensive moments.
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.
Good thriller, unbeatable location shots and cinematography--The Laddie Vanishes!!
An odd installment in Tourneur's filmography but a very entertaining international espionage thriller. The odd Rod Sterling-esque voice over somehow works with the post war Europe setting, achieving a satisfying dissonance. This dissonance is found also in the motley crew of protagonists including a clown (?). Very entertaining stuff, and an interesting take on the noir format but be sure to check out Tourneur's psychological-horrors and true noirs!