The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Virgin under Nazi Occupation

Jiri Menzel's Closely Watched Trains (1966) is the story of a young man in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia who would really just like to have some sense of manhood, focusing specifically on overcoming his impotence and losing his virginity though plans go a bit awry. In the end, the level of manhood he achieves, well, defining that as manhood is one of the more fascinating themes of the film. Listen to this week's Lost in Criterion.