Closely Watched Trains

Direction
Year 
1966
Country
  • Czech Republic 
Runtime
89min 
Audio Tracks 
Subtitles 

The legendary award-winning adaptation of novella by Bohumil Hrabal tells the coming-of-age story of the young and inexperienced Miloš Hrma, serving as a station guard 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 women – as he seeks to lose his virginity and become a man. The lovely conductor Máša becomes the target of his efforts. 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. But among the duties of the railway staff is the requirement that they pay special attention to “closely watched trains” carrying armaments to the front. Ultimately, even Miloš ends up faced by a moment in which he has to partake in the “bigger” historical picture.

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Details

  • Original Title
    Ostře sledované vlaky
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Bohumil Hrabal, Jiří Menzel
  • Cast
    Václav Neckář, Jitka Bendová, Vladimír Valenta, Libuše Havelková, Josef Somr, Alois Vachek, Jitka Zelenohorská, Vlastimil Brodský, Ferdinand Krůta, Květa Fialová, Naďa Urbánková, Jiří Menzel, Václav Fišer, Karel Hovorka st., František Husák, Jiří Kodet, J
  • Cinematography
    Jaromír Šofr
  • Editing
    Jiřina Lukešová
  • Music
    Jiří Šust
  • Sound
    Jiří Pavlík
  • Runtime
    89 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
    1966
  • Country
    • Czech Republic
  • Format
    • Black & White
  • Distribution
  • Awards
    • Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Picture 1968

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