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Directed by Jiří Menzel

Czechoslovakia 1966 89 mins. In Czech

Menzel’s feature debut was enormously popular in Czechoslovakia and won him the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Audaciously linking sexual desire with the struggle for freedom during the German Occupation, the story follows Milos, a teenage railway trainee learning the ropes in a small train station in the country. Emulating the lessons of an older, womanizing guard, Milos is more motivated by the possibilities of love than the call of the resistance. Menzel’s touchingly beautiful coming-of-age film is at once a celebration of life’s everyday dreams and longing and a mindful meditation on the cataclysm of war.

Genres: New Wave

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