The Train (1988)
|German title||The train|
|Original title||Lenin: The Train / Il treno di Lenin|
|Country of production||Italy , Germany , France , Austria|
Fulvio Gicca Palli
The plot of the film takes place during the First World War , in 1917. The German Reich is fighting simultaneously on two fronts, in the west and in the east . In this situation, a Russian in exile turns to the German General Staff : Lenin , the Russian revolutionary who lives in exile in Switzerland in Zurich , should be allowed to return to his homeland in order to bring about a successful upheaval in the political conditions in the Russian Empire . The proposal is being implemented. Lenin boarded a special train with a group of exiled revolutionaries and traveled from Switzerland through Germany and Sweden to Petrograd . During the journey of the train , Lenin discussed his political ideas with his fellow passengers.
“A film staged with great effort and international stars, which endeavors to reconstruct this 'historical train journey' precisely. As Lenin, Ben Kingsley gives a fascinatingly differentiated portrayal. "
- The train in the Internet Movie Database (English)
- QUEL TRENO DI LENIN Film review in: La Repubblica, December 3, 1988