Battle of the Rails (La Bataille du Rail) (1949): Rene Clement’s Tribute to French Resistance in WWII

La Bataille du Rail (Battle of the Rails), directed by Rene Clement, is an intriguing French “resistance” film, which was particularly timely and significant when initially released, in 1949.
Based on fact, the feature, co-written by Clement and Colette Audry, describes the bold efforts by French railray workers to sabotage Nazi trains, contributing to the allied victory on D-Day.
Shot on actual locations, and using ordinary railway employees and resistance fighters, Battle of the Rails assumes a realistic style that enhances its authenticity.
Running time: 88 minutes.