Jiří Menzel

Closely Watched Trains

Closely Watched Trains

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.

Film Info

  • Jiří Menzel
  • Czechoslovakia
  • 1966
  • 93 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • Czech
  • Spine #131

Special Features

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

New cover by John Gall

Purchase Options

On backorder, available Sep 6, 2018

Special Features

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

New cover by John Gall

Closely Watched Trains
Cast
Václav Neckář
Milos Hrma
Josef Somr
Dispatcher Hubicka
Vlastimil Brodský
Councilor Zednicek
Ferdinand Krůta
Masa’s Uncle Noneman
Alois Vachek
Novak
Vladimír Valenta
Stationmaster Lanska
Jitka Bendová
Masa
Jitka Zelenohorská
Virginia Svata, the telegraphist
Credits
Director
Jiří Menzel
Producer
Dr. Zdenek Oves
Screenplay
Bohumil Hrabal
Cinematography
Jaromír Šofr
Screenplay
Jiří Menzel
From the novel by
Bohumil Hrabal
Editing
Jiřina Lukešová
Art director
Oldřich Bosák
Set decoration
Jiří Cvrček
Sound
Jiří Pavlík
Music
Jiří Šust
Assistant director
Bohumil Kouba
Wardrobe by
Olga Dimitrovová

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