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Aug 13, 2013 7:00 PM

Czech That Film - Closely Watched Trains

Czech That Film - a festival of Czech cinema on the Rooftop of the Bohemian National Hall. Presented by Staropramen.

Screenings on the rooftop of the Bohemian National Hall start after dusk. Doors open at 7pm.
In case of bad weather films will be screened at the BNH indoor cinema at 8pm.
Films are in Czech with English subtitles. Program may be subject to change.

Admission: $10, tickets available online at: www.bohemianbenevolent.org/index.php/ticket/buytickets
Tickets are not refundable.

Closely Watched Trains
Ostře sledované vlaky (1966, 93 min.), dir. Jiří Menzel
Tuesday, August 13, BNH roof opens at 7pm

Part of the Czech New Wave era of the 1960s, Jiří Menzel earned an early reputation as one of the forefathers of modern Czech cinema. His work over the years solidified him a position at the top of the industry along with another top Czech filmmaker of the time, Miloš Forman. With his debut feature film Closely Watched Trains (Ostře sledované vlaky 1966), Menzel won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1967. In 1969, he wrote and directed Larks on a String, (Skřivánci na niti) considered by many to be his best movie. The Czech Film Academy awarded him a Czech Lion for making a significant and lasting impression on Czech film in 1996.

The film, based on Bohumil Hrabal's novel of the same name, is the subtle and poetic portrait of Miloš Hrma, a timid young railroad apprentice who insulates himself with fantasy against a reality filled with cruelty and grief. Day after day as he watches trains fly by, he torments himself with the suspicion that he himself is being watched and with fears of impotency. Hrma finally affirms his manhood and, with a sense of peace and purpose he has never known before, heroically confronts a trainload of Nazis.

Czech That Film, sponsored by Staropramen, is organized by the Czech Center in collaboration with the Consulates General of the Czech Republic in Chicago and Los Angeles in cooperation with the Gene Siskel Film Center and UCLA Film Television.


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Aug 13, 2013 7:00 PM


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