Ostre Sledované Vlaky (Closely Watched Trains) (1966)
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Czech director Jiri Menzel's Closely Watched Trains (Ostre sledovane vlaky) was the recipient of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1967. In the story, based on Bohumil Hrabal's novel of the same name, Vaclav Neckar plays a Czech railroad worker during the Nazi occupation. He undergoes several philosophical changes as he becomes attracted to the Czech underground. Determining at last that his own existence hardly matters in the scheme of things, Neckar volunteers for a suicide
Nov 18, 1966 Wide
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[VIDEO ESSAY] Jiří Menzel's 1966 masterwork of the Czechoslovakian New Wave captures the country's unique cultural identity via a subversive wartime story based on a novel by Bohumil Hrabal.
An engaging, dry satire on the the pitfalls of laziness while doubling as a character study.
A note-perfect dissection of how male sexual solipsism and the world at large intersect.
Menzel's lyrical tragicomedy, which won the foreign-language Oscar, marks the end of creative freedom; it could not have been made after the Russian invasion of 1968.
Fine, character driven drama directed by Menzel.
Never letting one quite forget we're in German-occupied Czechoslovakia and bad things are bound to happen.
Meznel's greatest work, and indeed the pinnacle of all Czech New Wave films.
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