Paris: La Cooperative Generale du Cinema Francais/Cine-Union, 1946. Program is a 16pp booklet, approx. 5-1/4 X 8 in.; invitation card is on heavy blue paper, approx. 4 X 5-1/2 in., printed on both sides. Card is a bit wrinkled and marked; booklet evenly toned, but essentially fine. Item #206136
Invitation and program for the premiere of this important postwar French feature. "The Battle of the Rails" was a triumphant production depicting heroes of the French resistance among French rail workers. The film was made with support from the "Cheminots de France" (the French rail system) and included rail workers in the cast. A highlight of the dramatic action was the actual derailment of a train, something undertaken under tremendous risk, with careful planning, and by necessity in a single take. The film won the international jury prize at the Cannes festival in 1946 and best director honors for Clément. The bulk of the sixteen-page booklet is an essay by André Delage, who served as technical consultant for the rail sequences, explaining what was involved.