Closely Watched Trains

  • Jiří Menzel
  • Czechoslovakia
  • 1966
  • 88'
  • Ostře sledované vlaky

The legendary adaptation of a novella by Bohumil Hrabal tells the coming-of-age story of the young and inexperienced Miloš Hrma, serving as a station guard apprentice in central Bohemia at the close of the Second World War. Rather than taking an interest in the impending collapse of Nazi Germany, the timid young man focuses his attentions on the lovely conductor Máša. Miloš’s colleagues, the station chief and dispatcher, may be opposed in spirit to the Nazi occupation, but given the tough penalties for resistance, choose to focus instead on day-to-day personal affairs. However, one of the duties of the railway staff is the requirement to pay special attention to “closely watched trains” carrying armaments to the front. Menzel’s first film won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 1967.

Subtitles: HR

Jiří Menzel

His first success comes in 1967 with an Oscar for Closely Watched Trains. He won a Golden Bear in 1990 for his Larks on a String. He won the FIPRESCI Award at Berlinale 2007 for I Served the King of England.

Closely Watched Trains

Jiří Menzel
Jirí Menzel, Bohumil Hrabal
Václav Neckár, Josef Somr, Vlastimil Brodský, Vladimír Valenta, Alois Vachek
Jaromír Šofr
Jiřina Lukešová
Zdeněk Oves
Filmové studio Barrandov
Festivals & Awards
Academy Awards – Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film 1967; Mannheim-Heidelberg Int’l Film Festival 1966 – Grand Prix; Golden Globes 1968 – Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film; BAFTA 1969 – Nomination for BAFTA Film Award for Best Film and Best Soundtrack

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