Jiri Menzel

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At the age of 28, Jiri Menzel's debut feature, "Closely Watched Trains" (1966), one of the important films of the Czech New Wave, was award the Best Foreign-Language Academy Award. Menzel's vision combined a devotion to the poetry of the commonplace with his own special brand of slapstick.

Menzel's first outing as a director was the episode, "The Death of Mr. Baltazar," in "Pearls of the Deep" (1965), devoted to the work of Czech writer Bohumil …

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23 February, 1938