Closely Observed Trains details
|Starring:||Josef Sommer, Vaclav Neckar|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
Closely Observed Trains
|Run time:||1 hour 32 minutes|
|Rental release:||17 Feb 2004|
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Closely observed lifeBy wnbartlett (7 reviews) from Settle , 06 Jun 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]You'll like this film. Well shot in decent black and white from Eastern Europe while England were winning the 1966 world cup in faltering technicolour. Set in a rural station where the occasional german troop train rumbles through, the film is more about closely observed human weaknesses and life than trains. The new young lazy signalman observes all sorts of goings on in the station including the stamping of a leg, thigh and buttock (with the station's official stamp by a frisky older colleague) while he's having relationship problems of a different kind. Warm and well observed characters. Highly recommended.
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Wanted to like itBy a customer from Durham , 04 Aug 2007While it doubtless was refreshing in 1966, it hasn't aged well in the intervening 41 years. Like another reviewer said, I had to force myself to continue watching it at times. So slow! Not one of the best.
Slow TrainsBy a customer from Reepham, Norfolk , 01 Jun 2007Ironic coming-of-age fable set in wartime Czechoslovakia that still retains its charm and sexiness despite its slow pace.
old and stale.By g5 (48 reviews) from Bournemouth , 23 Jul 2006At some ponts during this movie, I felt as if I was forcing myself. The trains themselves being the most interesting part to me, the plot was a few days in the life of a hormonally confused teenaged boy.
Correction to the termBy a customer from Bohemia, Czech Republic , 10 Jul 2006Indeed, the film was not filmed in Poland OR Czechoslovakia. Here is a bit of history for everyone:
Czechoslovakia as such existed from 28th October 1918 until 15th March 1939 when the so called 'Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia' was formed (or rather - Bohemia and Moravia were invaded by Nazi Germany due to the Munich Agreement signed by France, Italy and Great Britain on 29th September 1938).
Slovakia 'secretly' formed an independent state (on 13th March 1939, that is BEFORE the Czech lands were invaded by Nazi Germany (!)) and was an ally of Nazi Germany during World War II on the territory of present-day Slovakia with the exception of the southern and eastern parts of present-day Slovakia. It bordered with Germany, Poland and Hungary.
Bohumil Hrabal himself came from Moravia, and his film is based on a book of the same title.
In the name of all Czech people, please may I ask you to start making a difference between the Czech Republic and Slovakia and all the other countries of Central and Eastern Europe altogether. Many thanks.
A little GemBy a customer from Matlock , 01 Dec 2005This film set during the war in Czechoslovakia under Nazi occupation is a tale of the goings-on in a small train station. A older womanising collegue, who is totally disrespectful of authority, teaches the new apprentice about the opposite sex.
Filmed in black and white it is a real gem with subtile humour throughout.The film was at the vanguard of the cultural awakening during the Prague Spring, which was sadly stamped out after the Russian invasion of '68.
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