‘Trains’ runs on time

Menzel film screens at Motorola Grand Classics

“It’s a real pleasure to introduce a film you are not responsible for,” joked a relaxed Ken Loach as he presented Czech director Jiri Menzel’s 1968 film “Closely Observed Trains” at a Motorola Grand Classics screening series event held July 10 at the Electric Cinema in London’s Notting Hill.

Loach, the director of Spanish civil war drama “Land and Freedom” and 2006 Palme d’Or winner “The Wind That Shakes the Barley,” disclosed how “Trains” had influenced his work: “Pieces in the mid-1960s and the films that came from Czechoslovakia at that time made a particular impression on us. They had a very special feel to them, they were humane and humorous and sharp and ironic.”

After the screening, guests including Terry Gilliam, Charles Dance, Greta Scacchi, Colin Salmon, Jaime Winstone and Peaches Geldof popped upstairs to the members’ bar to sample a variety of cocktails and play with their freebie Motorola Z8 cell phones.

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