Closely Watched Trains (Ostre Sledovane Vlaky)


(out of 5)

Jiri Menzel’s Oscar winning film is a poignant observation of the loss of innocence in a world going mad. A young man in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia goes and works a simple job as a train dispatcher in order to live the easy life that has been enjoyed by his early-retired father. He quickly finds himself growing attracted to the beautiful young women who frequent the place, plus learns about the world around him when he is recruited to help in the Czech resistance. Slow and methodical, the film is richly photographed and brought to life by miniscule observations of human behaviour; the end result is a devastating message about the impossibility of simple youthful folly in a cruel, warring world.

Filmové studio Barrandov


Directed by

Screenplay by , Jiri Menzel, based on the novel by Bohumil Hrabal

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

The Criterion Collection

Academy Awards 1967

Golden Globe Awards 1967

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