The everlasting charm of the train in thriller & horror cinema

Exploring the train in the movies as decor, a narrative device and symbol

One of the scenes that made me fall in love with cinema was that iconic moment in North By Northwest (1959) in which Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) meets Eve Kendall (Eva Marie-Saint) in the dining car of a train heading for Chicago. There is something timeless about this undeniably erotic scene, in which Roger — on the run after accidentally being caught up in an international conspiracy — meets up with…