It is a coming-of-age story about a young man working at a train station in German-occupied Czechoslovakia during World War II. The film is based on a novel by Bohumil Hrabal. It was produced by Barrandov Studios and filmed on location in Central Bohemia. He admires himself in his new uniform, and looks forward, like his prematurely retired railwayman father, to avoiding real work. The Germans and their collaborators are on edge, since their trains are being attacked by the partisans.
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Google Calendar ICS. Jiri Menzel is an actor and stage director, and a filmmaker whose philosophical comedies owe much to the modern Czech literary tradition particularly the works of Bohumil Hrabal. But his films reveal a unique and independent personality, a universe all his own. Closely Watched Trains is a story of a teenage boy whose greatest concern amidst the cataclysm of the war is how to lose his virginity, and thus enter into adult society.
Redemption finally arrives in the person of an extremely attractive blonde who is at the same time the leader of the Resistance. But tragedy casts its shadow on the unexpected happiness-at the end of the road he sacrifices himself in the most natural way Modest events describe and characterize the heroism.
No one has been able to portray the boredom, the void of everyday life in a small town's railway station, the longing for exciting adventures, the gentle eroticism of adolescence as Menzel did, in a sharp contrast to the presence of the brutal war In Menzel's vision, the average man, the simple common people-the Chaplinesque or Svejk-like innocent victim-becomes the central figure of an offbeat, bittersweet poetry.
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