L’atalante

This film has been hailed by many critics as one of the greatest films of all time. Jean, captain of the canal barge L’Atalante, has a new wife, Juliette. The couple embark together on the barge. Tensions arise on the trip. Arriving in Paris, Jean and Juliette go to a music club where they meet a street peddler who flirts with Juliette leading to a scuffle with Jean. Enamored with the lights of Paris, Juliette runs off. Jean, furious, casts off, leaving her behind. He becomes very depressed so that first mate Jules decides to look for her and bring her back.

The Train

As the Allied forces approach Paris in August 1944, German Colonel Von Waldheim is desperate to take all of France’s greatest paintings to Germany. He manages to secure a train to transport the valuable art works even as the chaos of retreat descends upon them. The French resistance however wants to stop them from stealing their national treasures but have received orders from London that they are not to be destroyed. The station master, Labiche, is tasked with scheduling the train and making it all happen smoothly but he is also part of a dwindling group of resistance fighters tasked with preventing the theft. He and others stage an elaborate ruse to keep the train from ever leaving French territory.