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4

One of the most famous films to emerge from the Czech New Wave of the '60s, this Oscar-winning black comedy is a real treat. Like a bastard child of Clerks and 'Allo 'Allo, it's set during the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia where railwayman Milos (Václav Neckár) tries to dodge Herr Flick-style Gestapo officers and the partisan resistance. He's only interested in playing Thomas the Tank Engine with dusky conductress Masa (Jitka Bendová). Alas, he's plagued by premature ejaculation...

Rejecting the official socialist-realist style, this lugubrious monochrome comedy runs the gauntlet of life's absurdity with a nod, a wink and a cheeky grin while taking sideswipes at authoritarianism. Funny and subversive.

Film Details

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: April 1st 2004

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