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Closely Watched Trains

Jiří Menzel

 
Closely Watched Trains (Criterion DVD)

DVD

1 Disc

SRP: $29.95

Criterion Store price:$23.96

  • Czechoslovakia
  • 1966
  • 93 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Czech
  •  
  • Spine #131

At a village railway station in occupied Czechoslovakia, a bumbling dispatcher’s apprentice longs to liberate himself from his virginity. Oblivious to the war and the resistance that surrounds him, this young man embarks on a journey of sexual awakening and self-discovery, encountering a universe of frustration, eroticism, and adventure within his sleepy backwater depot. Wry and tender, Academy Award™-winning Closely Watched Trains is a masterpiece of human observation and one of the best-loved films of the Czech New Wave.

Cast

Milos Hrma Václav Neckář
Dispatcher Hubicka Josef Somr
Councilor Zednicek Vlastimil Brodský
Masa’s Uncle NonemanFerdinand Krůta
NovakAlois Vachek
Stationmaster LanskaVladimír Valenta
MasaJitka Bendová
Virginia Svata, the telegraphistJitka Zelenohorská

Credits

DirectorJiří Menzel
ProducerDr. Zdenek Oves
ScreenplayBohumil Hrabal and Jiří Menzel
CinematographyJaromír Šofr
From the novel byBohumil Hrabal
EditingJiřina Lukešová
Art directorOldřich Bosák
Set decorationJiří Cvrček
SoundJiří Pavlík
MusicJiří Šust
Assistant directorBohumil Kouba
Wardrobe byOlga Dimitrovová

Disc Features

  • New digital transfer
  • U.S. theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation

    New cover by John Gall

Film Essays

Closely Watched Trains

By Richard Schickel September 17, 2001

In the late Sixties, when Czechoslovakian films burst upon the West, they seemed something of a miracle. They were small in scale. They were typically about ordinary, unglamorous people, who . . . Read more »

Film Essays

Closely Watched Trains

By Richard Schickel September 17, 2001

In the late Sixties, when Czechoslovakian films burst upon the West, they seemed something of a miracle. They were small in scale. They were typically about ordinary, unglamorous people, who . . . Read more »

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