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Ostre Sledované Vlaky (Closely Watched Trains)
In this film, Vaclav Neckar plays a Czech railroad worker during the Nazi occupation. He undergoes several philosophical changes as he becomes attracted to the Czech underground. Determining at last that his own existence hardly matters in the scheme of things, Neckar volunteers for a suicide mission.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[VIDEO ESSAY] Jiří Menzel's 1966 masterwork of the Czechoslovakian New Wave captures the country's unique cultural identity via a subversive wartime story based on a novel by Bohumil Hrabal."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"A note-perfect dissection of how male sexual solipsism and the world at large intersect."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Never letting one quite forget we're in German-occupied Czechoslovakia and bad things are bound to happen."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The absurdist fun resonates strongly in the memory."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Menzel's lyrical tragicomedy, which won the foreign-language Oscar, marks the end of creative freedom; it could not have been made after the Russian invasion of 1968."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Meznel's greatest work, and indeed the pinnacle of all Czech New Wave films."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"An engaging, dry satire on the the pitfalls of laziness while doubling as a character study."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"Fine, character driven drama directed by Menzel."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"Filmed in minimalist style, it's far more interesting visually than most cluttered and clunky modern Hollywood fare"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
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