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Train Wrecks

Nat Segaloff

in Arthur Penn

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780813129761
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135502 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813129761.003.0013
Train Wrecks

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Hollywood was dying by the time Penn decided to return there as the Founding Moguls had already been forgotten. Also, their studios were absorbed into conglomerates that perceived these not as entertainment kingdoms but rather as “leisure time activities.” After being sold and after undergoing two decades of restructuring, United Artists (UA) proved to have functioned as distributor and financier. It never took a film away from its director and it never owned production facilities. UA pointed out to Penn that it housed a collection of shelved scripts that no one was working on. The most interesting script that Penn found was drawn from Rose Valland's 1961 book entitled Le front de l'art. It was adapted by Frank Davis and Franklin Coen as The Train, and it included a scheme utilized by the French Underground to salvage 148 cases of priceless art from the Nazis.

Keywords: Hollywood; Le front de l'art; Rose Valland; The Train; United Artists

Chapter.  4714 words. 

Subjects: Film

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