Photo Essay

Trains and Cinema

34th Street

Photographic images, powerful and dramatic, stimulate and touch our deep feelings of hope, fear, joy, expectation, freedom, chance, speculation, isolation, melancholy, anxiety, sadness, sorrow and more...

The first film to make the rounds of theaters across the country in 1906 was The Great American Train Robbery - a ten-minute film based on a train robbery committed by the Butch Cassidy gang.

My fascination with trains continues.

Here are a few of my favorites:

John Stahl: Imitation of Life, 1934

Frank Capra: Mr. Smith goes to Washington, 1939

Frank Capra: Arsenic and Old Lace, 1944

Akira Kurosawa: One Wonderful Sunday, 1947

Robert Wise: The Day the Earth Stood Still, 1951

Alfred Hitchcock: Strangers on a Train, 1951

Alfred Hitchcock: North by Northwest, 1959

Robert Bresson: Pickpocket, 1959

Tony Richardson: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, 1962

Terrence Malick: Days of Heaven, 1978

Woody Allen: Zelig, 1983

PT Anderson: There Will be Blood, 2007

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10 responses

  • catharine amato

    catharine amato said (27 Sep 2008):

    Great story and images,each shot stands on its own too and tells a story! To be published!!

  • Garret Clarke

    Garret Clarke said (9 Dec 2008):

    Really great shots here! I think people are always trying to capture trains because of their symbolism in our life. You have done an outstanding job.

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (21 Sep 2010):

    Agree with Garret, but also you captured the shots in a cinematic way, a statement to your story, my vote for sure!

  • Robin Perkins

    Robin Perkins gave props (9 Jan 2011):

    Love it, got my vote.

  • The Man Who Isn't There

    The Man Who Isn't There (Deleted) gave props (30 Oct 2011):

    Great story. My vote!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (23 Nov 2011):

    Hell YEAH! Rad!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (23 Mar 2017):

    I love this series of awesome images and am nominating it! Photography is outstanding!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (28 Mar 2017):

    Congratulations..well deserved!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (28 Mar 2017):

    Congratulations! Happy for you and well deserved!!!

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