The Battle of the Rails

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La Bataille du rail
Directed by René Clément
Written by René Clément
Starring Marcel Barnault
Jean Clarieux
Cinematography Henri Alekan
Distributed by Burstyn-Mayer Inc. (US)
Release date
27 February 1946 (France)
26 December 1949 (NYC)
Running time
85 minutes
Language French

The Battle of the Rails (French: La Bataille du rail) is a 1946 war movie directed by René Clément which depicts the efforts by French railway workers to sabotage German troop transport trains.[1]

The film was shown at the 1946 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Prix international du jury and Clément won the Best Director Award. The film also won the inaugural Prix Méliès. The film was distributed in the U.S. by Arthur Mayer and Joseph Burstyn.

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  1. ^ Zaretsky, Robert (April 4, 2018). "Macron's Been Working on the Railroad". Foreign Policy. René Clément’s classic 1946 film The Battle of the Rails suggests wartime life expectancy of cheminots was even lower — at least among those who sought to sabotage the Nazi war machine in France.