Closely Watched Trains / OSTRE SLEDOVANE VLAKY 

Closely Watched Trains / OSTRE SLEDOVANE VLAKY 

Dir: Jiri Menzel / Czechoslovakia / 1966 /  93 mins / Czech

1_closely-watched-trains_2Jiri Menzel’s bittersweet feature debut is set during World War II in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, where “special trains” pass by every day, loaded with war materials and weapons. When Wehrmacht soldiers frantically try to stave off their impending doom, the workers at the station solve their everyday problems. Shy teenage virgin Miloš gets his
first job as a railway dispatcher and is suddenly forced to confront the realities of the adult world. But they in turn are more attracted to his more experienced colleague Hubicka and his distinctive way with an inkpad and rubber stamp… Based on a story by Bohumil Hrabal Closely Observed Trains won Menzel a Best Foreign Film Oscar. is considered among the most famous titles of the golden fund of Czechoslovak cinema

1_closely-watched-trains_3Direction Jiri Menzel
Production Zdenek Oves
Screenplay Bohumil Hrabal Camera Jaromir Sofr
Music Jiri Sust
Cast Vaclav Neckar, Josef Somr, Vladimir Valenta, Vlastimil Brodsky, Libuse Havelkova, Jitka Bendova, Jitka Zelenohorska, Kveta Fialova, Nada Urbankova, Jiri Menzel, Alois Vachek, Ferdinand Kruta, Vaclav Fiser, Karel Hovorkast, Pavla Marsalkova , Jiri Kodet

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