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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Milos Hrma
... Hubicka
... Zednicek
Vladimír Valenta ... Max
Alois Vachek ... Novak
... Uncle Noneman
Jitka Scoffin ... Masa (as Jitka Bendová)
Jitka Zelenohorská ... Zdenka
... Victoria Freie
... Max's wife
... The countess
Pavla Marsálková ... Mother
... Zdenka's mother
Zuzana Minichova
Václav Fiser ... Plasterer (as V. Fiser)
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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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Iva Janzurová turned down the part of Zdenicka Svatá, eventually played by Jitka Zelenohorská. 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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Unusual use of stamp pads!
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Imagine coming of age in a time when you are surrounded by sexual images. This Academy Award winning film can be the Czechoslovakian version of so many of the Judd Apatow films we see today.

Brilliantly photographed in black and white, it shows Milos (Václav Neckár) trying to become a man. His first opportunity with his girlfriend Masa (Jitka Bendová) ends in disaster and he attempts suicide. His doctor advises him to get a more experienced woman to teach him, so he goes on a quest to find one.

This all takes place during the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia, so there are many political overtones to the film. It is hilarious as Milos works at a train station where his coworker Hubicka (Josef Somr) doesn't seem to have problems getting action whenever he wants.

He does manage to arrange help for Milos, but tragedy strikes before he is able to use his new found knowledge with his girlfriend.

An excellent picture and a real funny story that manages to avoid the crudity of modern tales of the same sort.


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