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Closely Watched Trains (1966)

Ostre sledované vlaky (original title)
An apprentice train dispatcher at a village station seeks his first sexual encounter and becomes despondent when he is unable to perform.

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Milos Hrma
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Hubicka
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Zednicek
Vladimír Valenta ...
Max
Alois Vachek ...
Novak
Ferdinand Kruta ...
Uncle Noneman
Jitka Scoffin ...
Masa (as Jitka Bendová)
Jitka Zelenohorská ...
Zdenka
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Victoria Freie
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Max's wife
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The countess
Pavla Marsálková ...
Mother
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Zdenka's mother
Zuzana Minichova
Václav Fiser ...
Plasterer (as V. Fiser)
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Storyline

A young man follows his father's footsteps and joins the railway company, where he learns the job and has his first affair. Set in the country, during the German occupation. Written by Michael Crew <m.crew@bbcnc.org.uk>

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All it takes to make a man of a boy is a woman. See more »

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In the opening sequence, the "German" tank shown during the anecdote about Janos' grandfather is a Soviet SU-152 "tank killer" of WWII vintage. See more »

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The blanket covering the stamped girl changes between shots. See more »

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[first lines]
Milos Hrma: My name is Milos Hrma. People often laughed at my name. But ours was a famous family. Great Grandfather Lukas was a drummer and fought on the Charles Bridge in Prague. The students threw cobblestones at the soldiers and hit Grand Grandfather so hard that he was pensioned off on one gulden a day. He didn't do anything after that except buying a bottle of rum and a pack of tobacco every day.
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A splendid story and a wonderful picture
10 April 2000 | by (Barcelona,Spain) – See all my reviews

When I saw this film, about twenty years ago, I knew nothing about Bohumil Hrabal, the author of the novel, and Jiri Menzel, the director. Later I knew about the situation that many talented people went through in Czechoslovakia after "The Prague springtime" and the invasion of the country by the soviet tanks in 1968. Now I am a fan of the czech sense of humour but I still remember that evening twenty years ago when I saw what was probably my first czech film and the enormous pleasure that causes me this almost perfect movie.


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