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Top Photo: This still is from ‘Closely Watched Trains,’ one of the very first Czech films I ever saw. I was a grad student in New York and the film was part of a ‘Contemporary Eastern European Culture’ class. It’s the story of the shenanigans at a small Czech railroad station during the German occupation of World War II. This is young Miloš (Václav Neckář), the naive station guard. Neckář, at the time the film was made, was also one of the country’s biggest pop stars, as part of the ‘Golden Kids’ trio.

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