Closely Observed Trains - Jiri Menzel, Milos Forman, 1966
A delightfully funny yet politically fuelled comedy of the Czech New Wave in which a holy fool character (Václáv Neckár) revels in the art of doing nothing at a key train station for German weapon transport during the Second World War. The film, made during the Soviet occupation, uses the Nazis (and like WR: Mysteries of the Organism, sexual repression) as an allegory for the Soviets, making the plight of the Czechoslovakian helpless.
Milos Forman, who is rarely credited as co-director, claims that every film he has ever made has been about the struggle of his homeland, which makes second viewings of Amadeus and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest very interesting.
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