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Original title:
Ostre sledované vlaky
Slovenian title:
Strogo nadzorovani vlaki
Section:
RETRO: CZECH NEW WAVE

Country, year:
Czechoslovakia, 1966
Length:
93

Directed by:
Jiri Menzel

Screenplay:
Jiří Menzel, Bohumil Hrabal
Cinematography:
Jaromír Šofr
Music:
Jirí Sust
Subtitles:
English, slovenian
Language:
Czech
Voting code:
/
Cast:
Václav Neckár (Miloš Hrma), Jitka Bendová (Maša), Vladimír Valenta (nacelnik postaje), Josef Somr (Hubicka), Libuse Havelková (žena nacelnika postaje)
Awards:
Karlovy Vary (Grand Prix), Pilsen (Audience Award)


DateHourLocation 
Thu, 8.11.2018 18:30 Slovenian Cinematheque
Sat, 17.11.2018 19:00 Slovenian Cinematheque

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Description:
One of the pinnacles of the Czech New Wave, Menzel's iconic debut feature won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Based on an eponymous novel by Bohumil Hrabal, the movie's adaptation launched a fruitful cooperation between the two artists.

During the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia, young Miloš Hrma starts his first job as a trainee signalman at Kostomlaty train station. The stationmaster is more interested in caring for his doves than heading the station, and the train dispatcher is a ladies' man. The shy Miloš flirts with Maša, a train conductor. When unable to consummate his first night alone with Maša, Miloš makes a suicide attempt. The doctor advises he find a more experienced woman. While the train station personnel attend to their love lives, war is ranging on around them; the Nazis are suffering defeats and having their trains blown up.

"In my opinion, the true poetry of this movie, if it has any, lies not in the absurd situations themselves, but in their juxtaposition with obscenity and tragedy." (Jiří Menzel)
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