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  1. In a classical tragedy performed on the stage the final conclusion can be ironically referred to in the opening scene, even in the first spoken line. Renoir perhaps accomplishes this visually without the use of words. When Jean Gabin's engineer indicates a drinking or consuming gesture he reveals how much his character identifies with the locomotive. The locomotive and his character are interchangeable. When he later points his fingers at his goggles, supposedly to alert his fireman of the water on the tracks ahead, he is indicating the source of his fatal flaw: he can not see the world as it
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