Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Night Train to Munich (Carol Reed, 1940)


An espionage thriller explicitly patterned after Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes, though with an added element of gravity since it was made and partly takes place during wartime. Because everybody communicates in flawless English, it gets difficult to discern who's from which country and how they became such experts at adopting foreign nationalities and blending in with the natives. But don't let plausibility interfere with a cracking yarn, with typically witty Launder-and-Gilliat-penned banter and exciting setpieces orchestrated by then-rising-talent Carol Reed.

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