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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It’s a coming of age tale that ultimately reaches a conclusion that is a encompassing symbol for boys who came of age in the battles of World War II. Fighting, rather standing by ready, as the generals and commanders determine the direction the world takes. Caught in the crossfire and barely even knowing it as the world moves around them. There are more important things on the mind of an adolescent boy
Expected something nice, received something really great.
Clever and quick, parts of it initially seem meandering or meaningless but a lot more than meets the eye. Great use of music, some inspired acting, really nice.
CLOSELY WATCHED TRAINS is the perfect example of a smart comedy. A tragic period, WWII, a naive hero à la Jerry Lewis, sex scenes handled lightly and without any vulgarity like the ink pads over the young woman's leg which is one of the most erotic scenes I've seen in a movie of the 60's, a lot of great supporting roles and an ending that leaves the audience speechless . 93 minutes of sheer pleasure. Masterpiece.
So many great moments in this film. It's about love and sacrifice, and is filled with humor. I like that the young man is so open about his problems. Milos is talking to the station master.
"Dr Brabec said that an older woman should teach me, so I was wondering whether you know one."
"No, I don't, Milos, you'll have to find one yourself." "What about your wife?"
"No, she's all mine!"
a beautiful piece, i felt like a teenager again, embarrassed and get red faces in the theatre with that scene of the station worker girl gets stamped allover her body, what a playful scene and fun to watch
A celebration of youth and its frustrations, adventures, the promise of romance and beckoning adulthood and its burdening responsibilities. Thoroughly enjoyable film from the "Czech New Wave" before it was crushed under the weight of soviet tanks.
A tender and charming coming-of-age story that gives the Czech New Wave a good name. A juxtaposition of comedic obscenity and the underlying solemnity of a tragedy. It would be a fun challenge to try and find every phallic image or subtle erotic suggestion that come up on screen.
4 and a half stars - I'm feeling generous to boost it to 5, because in part of the time and place in which it was made, just before the Soviet tanks came to impose their government's view and crush this sort of humanistic, comic, dark, piece of celebratory art.