Closely Watched Trains (Ostre Sledovane Vlaky)

BBBB (out of 5) Jiri Menzel’s Oscar winning film is a poignant observation of the loss of innocence in a world going mad. A young man in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia goes and works a simple job as a train dispatcher in order to live the easy life that has been enjoyed by his early-retired father. He…

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Visions Of Eight

BBB.5 (out of 5) A documentary about the 1972 Munich Olympics that relegates the murder of the Israeli athletes to little more than a footnote is a strange concept, but at the time it was likely an attempt to celebrate the spirit of the games without giving into the splintering effect that the terrorists were…

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The Firemen’s Ball (Hori, Ma Panenko)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Small-town Czech firemen decide to host a ball in honour of their eighty-five year-old chairman, one in which they expect to pull off a lottery and a beauty contest. Sadly, things go wrong from the beginning as the lottery prizes start to go missing, the girls chosen for the pageant run…

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Loves Of A Blonde (Lasky Jedne Plavovlasky)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Deceptively simple charmer that takes place in a Czech factory town, where the women outnumber the men sixteen to one. The army has even placed a regiment in the area to help out with the situation, but lovely young Andula isn’t taken by any of them; instead, at the social mixer…

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