This is one of a series of illustrations of the 1966 movie Closely Watched Trains, executed in 2010 by the Polish graphic artist Karolina Stanieczek (born 1977). It’s a good starting-point for observing the wide impact of the film’s unconventional spanking scene, in which the station telegraphist Zdenka (or Zdenicka in the original novel) is first threatened with a spanking and then gets one, very slowly and erotically, by the application of a series of ink-stamps to her bare bottom.
It’s a scene so iconic that it’s regularly recreated, not only in art (see another example here), but also on badges:
And in everyday life, too: all over the Czech Republic, girls are having their bottoms soundly stamped, and enjoying it.
Some have even ‘gone permanent’, by getting a tattoo:
Occasionally it’s a slightly naughty equivalent of having their hands stamped when they go into an event:
It’s also done by the Prague burlesque troupe, Kabaret Punklesque,
sometimes in a way that leaves no doubt that, unconventional though it is, it’s certainly a spanking:
(That’s performer Violet de Valor across Ginger Wixxie’s knee, by the way.)
But most often it’s done in a specifically railroad context,
and particularly when it has something directly to do with either the movie or the novel. In 2014, a commemorative plaque was to put up at Kostomlaty railway station, where Bohumil Hrabal, the novelist, worked in the mid-1940s and had some of the experiences that inspired the book. To mark the occasion, some scenes were reenacted, and the local librarian bared her bottom for the attentions of Karel Otava:
Another 2014 celebration of Hrabal, laid on by the library at Valmez, resulted in several young ladies getting stamped in places they don’t usually put on public display:
And when the film or the book are transferred into another medium, the stamp-spanking scene is always included, and is often chosen to represent the whole work, as in this Hungarian audiobook cover:
It has been recreated, with different panties, in a video promoting a project to establish a Czech film museum:
(The bottom belongs to campaigner Adela Mrazova, who is also seen from the other end in the still image before you press play.)
And we’ve previously seen what a perennially popular work it is on the stage, too. Here are some more pictures from a long-running production that we covered in the original article. First from 2013, with Zdenicka in, unusually, black panties:
And next from 2016, looking uncommonly excited at what is happening to her:
A Polish production in 2012 did the stamping OTK:
A commemorative performance at Nymburk in May 2017 included extracts from Trains, and as usual they couldn’t leave out this scene:
Later in 2017, here’s a production in Poland, in which the scene is played with her bottom upstage – partly because it’s clear that the first thing she does is to take down her own panties:
On to 2018, and here’s a new version of another long-standing production this one from Brno with Jitka Sedlakova – not my favorite Zdenicka this time, but what a nice pair of modern white panties to be stamp-spanked on!
Here’s a scene selection from another commemorative event at Nezvestice in May 2018:
And a new production was mounted at Most in October 2018, with Alexandra Bauerova as Zdenicka.
And the spanking scene can best be described as superb:
Here’s some footage, including a smack by hand on the seat of her panties.
And make sure you watch the end, too!