The Last Train (2006 film)

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The Last Train
Der letzte zug poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJoseph Vilsmaier
Dana Vávrová
Produced byArtur Brauner
Written byStephen Glantz
StarringGedeon Burkhard
Lale Yavas
Lena Beyerling
Music byChris Heyne
CinematographyHelmfried Kober
Joseph Vilsmaier
Edited byUli Schön
Production
company
Distributed byBontonfilm
Release date
  • October 26, 2006 (2006-10-26) (2006 Internationale Hofer Filmtage)
  • November 9, 2006 (2006-11-09) (Germany)
  • October 11, 2007 (2007-10-11) (Czech Republic)
  • January 11, 2008 (2008-01-11) (Spain)
Running time
123 minutes
CountryGermany
Czech Republic
LanguageGerman
Hebrew
Polish
French
Ukrainian
Budget€2.7 million

The Last Train (German: Der letzte Zug) is a 2006 German film directed by Joseph Vilsmaier and Dana Vávrová, and starring Gedeon Burkhard, Lale Yavas, and Lena Beyerling.

The film depicts the fate of some of the last remaining Jews in Berlin, who in April 1943 were rounded up at the Berlin-Grunewald station and sent to the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. The film stands out due to its proximity as well as the unsparing realism with which the brutality of a transport to the Auschwitz concentration camp appears.

Casting[edit]

Background[edit]

Der letze Zug was filmed in Germany and Czech Republic and went into production in May 2005 on a budget of €2.7 million. During filming, director Joseph Vilsmaier fell from a crane and suffered permanent, albeit minor, injuries. Production halted for two weeks while he was hospitalized. Filming resumed once Vilsmaier recovered, but his wife, actress Dana Vávrová took over directing duties while Vilsmaier supervised.

The film premiered on May 20, 2006 at the 40th Hof International Film Festival. It was widely released in theaters in Germany on November 9, 2006, by The Central Cinema Company

Reception[edit]

Eddie Cockrell of Variety stated it had "erratic production values and one-dimensional characterizations" and it is "destined for specialty fests and undiscerning cablers, with solid ancillary classroom use".[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cockrell, Eddie (11 February 2007). "The Last Train". Variety. Retrieved 20 February 2019.

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