CLOSELY WATCHED TRAINS

Directed by Jiri Menzel
Comedy, Drama | Czechoslovakia | 1966 | Czech, German | English | 93 min


OSTRE SLEDOVANÉ VLAKY
Chosen by Khairy Beshara

At a village railway station in occupied Czechoslovakia, a bumbling dispatcher’s apprentice longs to liberate himself from his virginity. Oblivious to the war and the resistance that surrounds him, this young man embarks on a journey of self-discovery, encountering a universe of frustration, and adventure within his sleepy backwater depot. Wry and tender, Closely Watched Trains is a masterpiece of human observation and one of the best-loved films of the Czech New Wave.

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