Inspired by the memories of Rose Valland, the American film Le train in 1964 informed the general public of the spoliations and looting carried out by the Nazis.
But the presence of Rose Valland remains there quite discreet and does not give the measure of the extent of the task which she carried out during four years at the Jeu de Paume. Above all, the film pays tribute to the heroic and inventive railway workers to delay the departure of the train.
In April 1975, the film was broadcast on French television as part of the program "Les dossiers de l'école". Rose Valland takes part in the debate. The show arouses many calls from viewers. In a letter sent a few days after the broadcast to a friend, Léon Christophe, Rose Valland underlines her difficulty in bearing witness to the past:
“ It's true I felt particularly nervous at the start of the show! and it was not easy for me to dominate myself! It all started too quickly. So many things are also jostling in the memories of each of us that it is not easy at the last moment to always choose well. "
Rose Valland heroine of an American film
The train, a film made in 1964 by the American filmmaker John Frankenheimer, broadly resumes the work by Rose Valland, Le Front de l'art. Defense of French collections 1939-1945, Paris, Plon, 1961.
The first ten minutes of the film show Rose Valland, in the guise of Suzanne Flon, at the Jeu de Paume, when she monitors the comings and goings of the Germans and informs the Resistance and the American agents, thanks to the meticulous recording of all the looted paintings of which she notes the characteristics and the destination. The film especially distinguishes the heroism of the resistant railway workers.
In 1975, Rose Valland was invited to Armand Jamot and Joseph Pasteur's television program, “Les dossiers de l'école”, after the broadcast of the film Le train.
Original title The Train