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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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.
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!"
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.
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.
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.
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.