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Trans-Europ-Express [DVD] [1967] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00H206P50
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,615 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Film within a film, undertaken in France in the 1960's, based on a crime writer visualising the scenes on a train which then become ever more real in the external world. Within the film, there is the growing muscle of the main character, who then acts out his fantasies with a woman he meets on the street. She is an up market street seller of her body, and here the sexual fantasy is played out relentlessly.

Ultimately the film is an exploration of what takes place within the head, with a little stimulus from the external world.

During this era there appears to be an obsession with beautiful women being placed in chains along with layers of intrigue. The director aims to reveal why these themes strike the human heart and head and groin - so well.

The film is about that journey from Paris to Antwerp to discover the secret to these inner mysteries. It is the external world which colonises the internal world which appears to be the message and ultimately it is a game, which has no meaning other than what we apply to it....but there again yours may be different.
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Alain Robbes-Grillet and his team board the Trans-Europe Express. They sit down and begin to formulate ideas for a crime film about a smuggler transporting cocaine to Antwerp aboard the same train. The narrative of the smuggler, played by Jean-louis Trintignant begins and repeats some of what has just happened and overlaps with the 'real' story as he wanders into the carriage and the director observes Trintignant. This set the tone for the whole of the rest of the film as Grillet and his team discuss the narrative that is unfolding as it unfolds, backtracking and correcting things that make no sense. As a result character motivations and behaviour are fluid throughout the narrative. All the while the film is peppered with sadean imagery that seems to be one of the directors major preoccupations.

Trans-Europe express is an almost perfect dissection of the crime genre and a much better comment on the perils of film making than any of his new-wave contemporaries. Simply put, this is a brilliant piece of cinema. Grillet's work seems to have been hard to come by for a long while now and I'm only just beginning to discover his work. As you can probably guess, I like what i'm seeing!

Sadly this releases is region locked to A so many uk players will not run it. Thankfully the BFI are close to releasing a box set in the uk with more bonus features including a Tim Lucas commentary fans. I have these redemption releases because of the numbered spines but I would reccomend UK and European fans to wait for the BFI release.
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A genuine classic, as so many good films are based on a train, in this case a Trans Europ Express from Gare Du Nord to Antwerpen Central. For me the real gem of this film were the shots of Antwerpen Central as I remembered it before the massive rebuild it went through. The concept of a discussing a film project whilst on the train and having scenes enacted is ingenious and very cleverly done. If you are fan of French crime genre films then this a must for you.
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Star rating is for the product , not the film , which is advertised as containing two DVDs but the package contains only one . There are no English subtitles ,either.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x906e0cfc) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
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HASH(0x906e99cc) out of 5 stars 4.5 stars... Beautiful 2014 reissue of the 1966 New Wave classic 15 Dec. 2014
By Paul Allaer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
"Trans-Europ-Express" (1966 release from France/Belgium; 105 min.) brings the story within a story. On the first level, we see 3 travelers on a train from Paris to Antwerp, Belgium discussing the possibility of shooting a movie on the Trans-Europ-Express and what the story line could be. On the second level, we see how that story plays out: Elias (played by Jean-Louis Trintignant) is a drug trafficker who is sent to Antwerp to collect and bring back a suitcase with cocaine. Upon arriving in Antwerp, he meets a beautiful woman named Eva (played by Marie-France Pisier), whom he becomes romantically involved with, but she may more than meets the eyes. To tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: first, this is a beautifully restored 2014 reissue of the 1966 New Wave classic from writer-director Alain Robbe-Grillet. Even though the movie is shot in black and white, the photography is outstanding throughout. The 2014 reissue comes with several bonus materials, the best of which is a 30 min. latter day interview with the director, who shares plenty of interesting tidbits about the movie. Such as: why is a good chunk of the movie set in Belgium? Because much of the financing for the movie involved Belgian investors, who in return insisted the movie be shot there, ha! Speaking of which (and in full disclosure, I grew up in Antwerp, Belgium, and lived there until I was 23 yrs. old), it is an absolute delight to see how Antwerp is such an integral part of the movie (the director comments that the city is basically another character in the movie). Check out the scenes in and around the Central Station, and also in the Port of Antwerp. This is also true for the scenes on the train itself, which the director points out that the Trans-Europ-Express was brand new then, and unlike anything ever seen on rail in Europe. As to the movie's story lines, they are at times non-sensical, but it really didn't bother me, as style prevails over substance in many New Wave movies.

Bottom line: almost half a century later, this is a most welcome reissue of "Trans-Europ-Express". If you have any interest in the history of movies, you don't want to miss this one if you have a chance to see it. "Trans-Europ-Express" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91c830fc) out of 5 stars Robbe-Grillet Train Thriller Is Fun, Self Reflexive And Surprisingly Light 6 April 2014
By Ron Foley Macdonald , . - Published on Amazon.com
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New Wave Screenwriter turned director Robbe-Grillet says it best in the interview included in Trans Europe Express: the film is like a 1930s Sacha Guitry film, full of self-conscious formalism that winks at the filmmaking process. With the director, his producer and script-girl creating the story on the train as they go along, the storyline is brisk, repetitive and visually inventive.....the film is not like
anything I expected! What did I expect from Robbe-Grillet? Something dark and difficult, even pretentious. What I got was light, fun
and the kind of late French New Wave film that balanced narrative innovation with wit, action and entertainment.
HASH(0x90ffd1ec) out of 5 stars Beware the DVD is the cut 94 minute version. 16 Jan. 2016
By Copacati - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent film as others have said. Be aware the DVD is the 94 minute cut version. The BluRay says 105 minutes which is the uncut length according to IMDB. I just purchased the DVD believing the Amazon product details which say it is 105 minutes. Don't be fooled like I was.
2 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90d67de0) out of 5 stars Alain Robbe-Grillet 6 May 2014
By Bartok Kinski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
I picked this up because I like Alain Robbe-Grillet. I've liked his work ever since reading some of his novels.
8 of 34 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x906e9e28) out of 5 stars Thank you. Is satisfied 28 Dec. 2013
By HISAO GAMA - Published on Amazon.com
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Also supported content is a perfect score
No problem also transport
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