At a village railway station in occupied Czechoslovakia, a bumbling dispatcher’s apprentice longs to liberate himself from his virginity. Wry and tender, Jiri Menzel’s Academy Award-winning Closely Watched Trains is a masterpiece of human observation.
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Coming soon to a theatre near you, the story of a young man's propensity for ejaculatio praecox.. Flippancy aside, this Oscar-winning charmer from the heyday of the Czech New Wave is touching and sentimental but with a real sting in the tail to remind us of the seriousness of its setting, a sleepy little backwater village under Nazi occupation. A wonderfully funny celebration of frustration, eroticism and adventure..
There's a sense of purity, more than simple innocence on its character's behaviour related to sex, work, responsabilities, hard to find in other coming-of-age films. The ending has that rupture needed for any piece of art to avoid being geometrical. A step that filmmakers usually refuse to take.
In 1967, Time called CWT "a series of contradictions: a tragic comedy, a peaceful war movie, a success story of a failure" - all fitting descriptions of this coming-of-age tale of the descendent of a long line of eccentrics. The mid-section was droll, and I didn't care for the comedic flourishes provided by the incidental music, but there is a sweetness about the film's charming characters and crisp cinematography.
La fable, comme ce qui venait parfois de l'est à cette époque, navigue entre les allusions et les paraboles pour traverser la censure . Ici le film fait merveille. Poétique, farfelu, parfois kafkaïen, drôle et grave, le monde des planqués et des petits chefs en prend pour son grade. Sexe, liberté, sens politique, avenir, organisation tout va de travers jusqu'au tragique né de la soif de la liberté.
Ridiculous farce full of dirty humor and hilarious official ineptitude set during WWII. Typical communist glorification of the war is trounced upon in this free flowing new wave depiction of how humor and human foibles continue even in war. Very likely the funniest WWII film.