Closely watched trains

Closely watched trains

DVD - 2001 | Czech
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Comedy-drama about a young trainmaster employed in a tiny station during World War II. He becomes involved in a plot to blow up a German ammunition train, but when the plan backfires, he is forced to commit the ultimate act of courage.
Publisher: [New York] : Criterion Collection, c2001
ISBN: 9780780024564
Branch Call Number: CZE MOVIE CLO
Language Note: In Czech with optional English subtitles
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (93 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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Sep 18, 2015

A fine instalment from the all too brief Czech New Wave, Jirí Menzel’s absurdist comedy managed to poke fun at the Communist mindset in such a roundabout way that it snuck right past the censors. Tedious bureaucracy, boredom, and misguided nationalism are presented with such tongue-in-cheek finesse that at times it is hard to see the sting lurking just beneath the surface, especially with the Third Reich providing a convenient smokescreen. Alternately ludicrous and strangely sobering.

Jun 24, 2015

This is a 1966 Czechoslovak film directed by Jiří Menzel, based on a 1965 novel by Bohumil Hrabal.
It is a coming-of-age story about a young man working at a train station in German-occupied Czechoslovakia during World War II.
Although it is somewhat funny, it shouldn't have been mixed with the serious act of courage.
It is like mixing water with oil.
The result is neither funny nor serious.

May 01, 2015

It's a sex comedy. . .with Nazis! A charming, bittersweet story of a lowly official working at a provincial Czech train station who just wants to get some. It's a typical guy needs to have sex, but with a darker historical context. Based on a book and winner of best foreign film in 1967. Other great Czech films from this period: "Loves of a Blonde," "Daisies," "Veronica and Her Week of Wonders," "Pearls of the Deep," "The Joke."

Jun 06, 2013

Something for students of film, but no longer engaging.

brendancarlson Jan 21, 2013

Wickedly funny movie. Be sure to read between the lines on this one, the Nazi's were used as the bad guys, but the Nazi's weren't who the writer/director had in mind when this was filmed during the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia.

Nov 25, 2012

a young train watchman at a rural station in Czechoslovakia during World War ll distraught about not being able to lose his virginity, among his other co-workers who don't seem to have had that problem, assumes not only his loss of innocence when his wish comes true, an ennobling experience, but also the courage to become a hero

May 23, 2012

This was a great film.

Oct 04, 2011

very good coming of age tale; dealt with the subject of maturity in a very farcical way.

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