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HFS Closely Observed Trains (15)

A Classic presentation from Horsham Film Society

Czechoslovakia 1966    Cert 15     93 min    B&W        Genre: Comedy, Drama, War

Director: Jirí Menzel    Writers: Bohumil Hrabal    Starring: Václav Neckár, Josef Somr, Vlastimil Brodský

In a small town still occupied by the Germans as World War II's tide is turning toward the Allies, apprentice train-watcher Milos is oblivious to the war. Instead, he is obsessed with having his first sexual experience. Despite the favours of train conductor Masa, Milos has no luck. His quest leads him to a female Resistance fighter who, in passing, recruits him to the cause. As Milos finally finds love, danger draws closer….

Won the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 40th Academy Awards in 1968.

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