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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The Unbearable Lightness Of Being

BBBB (out of 5) Milan Kundera’s supposedly “unfilmable” novel reaches the screen with outstanding results, another jewel in Philip Kaufman’s crown after his fascinating The Right Stuff.  Daniel Day-Lewis is delicious as a Prague doctor who has his way with every woman who crosses his path, enjoying a continuing physical relationship with a sexy artist (Lena…

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