Czech New Wave Cinema Overview
Jacob Ward - wrote on 11/11/20
Closely Watched Trains is an international Czech new wave film that pushes the boundaries of the normal film experience. With the use of absurdism and surrealism, Jiri Menzel creates a great masterpiece.
The opening scene is one of the most important aspects of the film since it portrays the film theories well. The part where Milos is referring to his grandfather Vilem, the hypnotist, he mentions how he tried to stop a military tank using hypnotism. What is interesting about this concept is that Czech new wave cinema uses comedy in a different light than most film eras. Usually comedy is shown through other scenarios in this theory compared to other cinema styles.
The ending seemed to be very dark, but the experience watching the film was unlike anything I have seen before. This film may not seem thrilling when you initially watch it, however, the film itself is an intriguing watch from start to finish. My first viewing of this film was in London, England and after recently viewing it again this past week, I have to say it still lives up to its expectations.
Everyone should at least try this movie. I never thought I would be pleased with both of my experiences watching this film.