My review on CineVue: www.cine-vue.com/2015/11/blu-ray-review-closely-observed-trains.html
La petite mort is inextricably entwined with the grand one in Jiří Menzel's wonderful Closely Observed Trains (1966). A bittersweet and funny coming-of-age tale, it doubles as an allegorical quest for a nation's cojones amidst the milieu of Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. Freudian readings of narrative and mise en scène are lustily encouraged as the challenge of losing one's virginity becomes akin to an act of rebellious non-conformity, or even actual revolt.
One of the most famous…
My review on CineVue: www.cine-vue.com/2015/11/dvd-review-all-my-good-countrymen.html
It was the early 1950s when Vojtěch Jasný began penning the screenplay for the his most celebrated work, though it seemed unlikely to see the light of day due to its provocative politics. The corruption and failure that slowly infects a small village throughout the narrative is not one attributed to personal greed or petty rivalry (though both are present). In its bones and in its roots, flowing through the Moravian soil, All My Good…