Closely Watched Trains

"Good"

Closely Watched Trains Review


This Oscar-winning Czech film (based on the German occupation of the country during WWII) is as heralded as it is surprisingly simplistic. Our oblivious hero works as a train stationmaster trainee, woos the ladies, and encounters all sorts of odd people -- while apparently unaware that a war is going on around him. Heavy on the sex, this alleged metaphorical diatribe against the communism of Czechoslovakia in the 1960s is pretty to watch and meticulous in its craftsmanship, but ultimately its lessons and messages feel lost in another era and another world.

Aka Ostre sledované vlaky.



Closely Watched Trains

Facts and Figures

Run time: 93 mins

In Theaters: Friday 18th November 1966

Distributed by: Criterion Collection

Production compaines: Filmové Studio Barrandov

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
Fresh: 15

IMDB: 7.8 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Jirí Menzel

Producer:

Starring: Václav Neckář as Trainee Milos Hrma, as Train dispatcher Hubicka, Vlastimil Brodský as Counselor Zednicek, Vladimír Valenta as Stationmaster Max, as Novak, Ferdinand Krůta as Masa's Uncle Noneman, Jitka Scoffin as Conducteress Masa, Jitka Zelenohorská as Zdenka, Naďa Urbánková as Victoria Freie, Libuse Havelková as Max's wife, Květa Fialová as The countess, Pavla Maršálková as Mutter, Milada Ježková as Zdenka's mother, Jiří Menzel as Dr. Brabec

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