Director Ivan Passer was one of the many filmmakers responsible for the Czech New Wave movement of the 1960s. His Intimate lighting is considered a classic of the period. However, like so many others, the Prague Spring, which allowed new directions in arts, society, and politics, also stigmatized him when the Soviets invaded in 1968 and a harsh cloud descended over every aspect of life in Czechoslovakia. He emigrated to the U.S., hoping to restart his career there, but never managed to get the respect that his talents deserved. This movie is no doubt in part a negative homage to the ideological reverberations that so deeply scarred his professional life.
He died of silence. He didn't die of cancer.
When there's a brawl at the railway station, all the train guards are standing at attention and staring straight ahead. They should be trying to restore order.