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Closely Observed Trains (Closely Watched Trains) (1966)

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Director:

Jiri Menzel

Starring:

Josef Somr, Vaclav Neckar

Genres:

Comedy, Drama

Origin:

Czech

Certificate:

M

Languages:

Czech & German With Subtitles

Subtitles:

English

Running Time:

92 min

Closely Observed Trains (Closely Watched Trains)

synopsis


Jiri Menzel's tragicomic Closely Observed Trains is generally regarded as one of the finest examples of the Czech New Wave movement of the mid-1960s. Universally acclaimed by critics, in 1968 the film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The story concerns Milos Hrma, a trainee dispatcher at the local village railway station during the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia. Keen to follow in the footsteps of his work-shy father, grandfather and great grandfather before him, Milos is intent on getting through life with as little effort as possible. Oblivious to the ongoing war and social unrest around him, he is obsessed and sexually frustrated by his ongoing failure to lose his virginity to Masa, a beautiful train conductress...

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Blast from the past
Sally
23 May 2010
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The placing of the uniform cap on the head of the protagonist was obviously inspired by the coronation of QE II which must have just happened when they made this film about wartime occupation in a country that ended up trapped in the Soviet block with a film industry that still had the guts and wit to do this film. Beautifully satirical and ends with a satisfactory blast - a warning to all tyrants.


 
 

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