"Jack Pashkovsky must love the iron horse to muster the patience to gather the many scenes of the rails. A young girl (perhaps his daughter), bag in hand, boards the train for a distant trip to lend continuity. We see the train(s) at the station, in the hills, fields, valleys, desert, tunnels, bridges-just about every place where a train can be seen. The audience is permitted to view the panorama from high and low places, atop the train, and from the cab. A study of trains in motion which holds interest throughout" PSA Journal, Nov. 1958, 48.
According to conversations with the filmmaker, the Rhythm of the Rails won an award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1948 (see: Avrich, B. "Shooting stars: Photographer Jack Pashkovsky Disarmed Hollywood's Royalty with his Ardor and Persistence." Smithsonian Magazine. Vol 34.10 (2004): 84-89.).
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