Jirí Menzel-Ostre sledované vlaky ('Closely Watched Trains') (1966)

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Jirí Menzel-Ostre sledované vlaky ('Closely Watched Trains') (1966)

Jirí Menzel-Ostre sledované vlaky ('Closely Watched Trains') (1966)
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At a village railway station in occupied Czechoslovakia, a bumbling dispatcher’s apprentice longs to liberate himself from his virginity. Oblivious to the war and the resistance that surrounds him, this young man embarks on a journey of sexual awakening and self-discovery, encountering a universe of frustration, eroticism, and adventure within his sleepy backwater depot. Wry and tender, Academy Award™-winning Closely Watched Trains is a masterpiece of human observation and one of the best-loved films of the Czech New Wave. criterion.com

Jirí Menzel-Ostre sledované vlaky ('Closely Watched Trains') (1966)

Jirí Menzel-Ostre sledované vlaky ('Closely Watched Trains') (1966)

Jirí Menzel-Ostre sledované vlaky ('Closely Watched Trains') (1966)

A young man follows his father's footsteps and joins the railway company, where he learns the job and has his first affair. Set in the country, during the German occupation. (http://imdb.com/title/tt0060802/plotsummary)

Jirí Menzel-Ostre sledované vlaky ('Closely Watched Trains') (1966)

Jirí Menzel-Ostre sledované vlaky ('Closely Watched Trains') (1966)

Jirí Menzel-Ostre sledované vlaky ('Closely Watched Trains') (1966)

Jiri Menzel's funny, tragic 1966 film, set during the years of Germany's occupation of Czechoslovakia, may be admired today more out of nostalgia than anything, but in fact it holds up very well as a wry satire from the years of the Czech New Wave. Vaclav Neckar stars as an unambitious youth whose chief preoccupation is a wish for sex, but who secondarily sees the draw of joining the organized Resistance movement…..

Jirí Menzel-Ostre sledované vlaky ('Closely Watched Trains') (1966)

Jirí Menzel-Ostre sledované vlaky ('Closely Watched Trains') (1966)

Jirí Menzel-Ostre sledované vlaky ('Closely Watched Trains') (1966)

The latter, however, would require energy and focus, and Neckar's character–who does as little work as possible as an apprentice railway platform guard–prefers the inertia of his small-town depot. Spending his time observing the philandering of an older guard, keeping clear of his wild-eyed boss, and flirting with the female conductor of a passing train, the young hero has his priorities in order but must deal with an increasing responsibility to a larger rebellion. The film has a nice mix of rural lethargy, surreal hints, and comic knowingness about the landscape of teenage ambivalence. Finally, there is something else: the shock of a confrontation between dreams and real-world obligation, particularly in a world gone mad through no fault of one's own. (-Tom Keogh - Editorial Reviews - Amazon.com)

Jirí Menzel-Ostre sledované vlaky ('Closely Watched Trains') (1966)

Jirí Menzel-Ostre sledované vlaky ('Closely Watched Trains') (1966)

Jirí Menzel-Ostre sledované vlaky ('Closely Watched Trains') (1966)

Jirí Menzel

Based on an outstanding short novel by the Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal, Closely Watched Trains is probably the finest film of the Czech New Wave. The New Wave resulted from a period of experimentation that resulted from the liberalization of the Communist Party that produced the Prague Spring and was terminated by the Soviet invasion. The wit and humor with which Closely Watched Trains approaches Czech life during WWII was undoubtedly a major departure from the conventional party ideology. Closely Watched Trains is a witty sex comedy and ironic coming of age story. It is also a deeply ironic allegorical account of Czech history during WWII. Superbly filmed and acted. (amazon.com)

Jirí Menzel-Ostre sledované vlaky ('Closely Watched Trains') (1966)

Jirí Menzel-Ostre sledované vlaky ('Closely Watched Trains') (1966)

Jirí Menzel-Ostre sledované vlaky ('Closely Watched Trains') (1966)