This episode film from the days of the New Wave, based on stories by the writer of Closely Observed Trains (Bohumil Hrabal), provides a heady reminder of Czech fashions. The thing closely observed here is death, seen at work in locations like a geriatric hospital (Nemec's episode), a Grand Prix motor race (Menzel), and a self-service restaurant (Chytilová). But the mood is the customary one of ironic contemplation, shading into overt fantasy; sometimes the mixture is clumsily handled (Chytilová and Schorm are the main culprits), yet it's mostly successful.
Cast and crew
Jirí Menzel, Jan Nemec, Vera Chytilová, Jaromil Jires, Evald Schorm
Bohumil Hrabal, Jirí Menzel, Jan Nemec, Ewald Schorm, Vera Chytilova, Jaromil Jires
Pavla Marsálková Ferdinand Kruta Josefa Pecháltová Vera Mrázková