Closely Watched Trains (Bohumil Hrabal)

Set in 1945 in a Czech town, the Germans are on the back foot, but they are still making their presence felt. These German–closely watched– trains still pass through the train station and are given priority in passage. We follow the exploits of the station staff. The central figure is the hapless Milos Hrma, an unassuming, insecure young man with an embarrassing family history. He works at the station along with larger than life characters, including the pigeon-covered station master Lansky, the randy, libidinous dispatcher Hubicka, the floozy telegraphist Virginia and the conductress Masha. Despite their foibles and absurdities, there is a touch of longing and vulnerability which makes them human and worthy of empathy. [Read more…]

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THE FAMILY WAY (1966 Britain)

the-family-way-1966-hayley-mills-16x9-widescreen-54d8dArthur (Hwyel Bennett) and Jenny (Hayley Mills) are like any other newlyweds who probably just like to have some privacy. To get their freak off I suppose, but they can’t seem to get the deed done, as they are constantly under the eye of family, friends, especially Arthur’s father, Ezra (John Mills). Not the sort of aphrodisiac a young chap was hoping for… [Read more…]

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