Is the history of two workers of the trains, a professor and a little child that decide to sequester an old train that has been sold to USA for a movie production. With the machine they travel across the country (Uruguay) traing to escape to Brazil. In this trip they find really nice people that will help them to finish their mision.Written by
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The last train ("El ultimo Tren" aka "Corazon de fuego") movie
For the filming was used an ancient locomotive managed by the Uruguayan Railfan Association, precisely the ANP 1. It appeared as the Locomotive: CT 33 (030-tender), a fictional number for the film. The machine actually used was an Orenstein & Koppel 0-3-0 without tender, owned by the National Port Administration and loaned to the real "Amigos del Riel".
This locomotive was painted No. 33 on the sides of the cabin, for the making of the movie "Heart of Fire", of which it was the main protagonist.
. Manufacturer: "ORENSTEIN KOPPEL & ARTHUR KOPPEL". . Factory number: 5433. . Year of construction: 1912. . Locomotive Type: Tank 0-6-0. . Dimensions: Length 7900 mm. Width 2800mm. Weight: 45 Ton. Maximum speed: 50 km/h (31 mile/h) at 260 RPM. Power: 520 HP. See more »
I had this gem for ages and only a while back did I manage to spend the time to watch it, you know, when you had something in the closet for a while you sort of forgot about its existence, like the not yet replied emails.
What strikes me the most is its touch of nostalgia despite its theme of patriotism and other social and political issues. The real world is cruel and, quoting the professor, "sometimes in History violence is necessary" (translation mine) and with the date of selling the locomotive to Hollywood loomed ever larger they decided to resort to "violence", i.e., action. They are a bunch of old men with the same passion- the locomotive, their treasure, their proud and their nation.
The professor relates a story of Ray Bradbury which I don't know which one is the one he is talking about that the characters faced the challenge and danger without hesitation, even though they were helplessly crushed in the end. It's the spirit that counts, says the prof. And it's in this same spirit that they set out on this journey in the last stage of their lives.
I can't help feeling sad and happy at the same time when the credit rolled because the beloved Dante, Pepe and prof are gone, they're old and soon would be dead, but there's hope as well, there's Guito. It's a reflection of the circle of life itself.
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