Closely Watched Trains
Ostře sledované vlaky

Dir.: Jiří Menzel
Country: Czechoslovakia
Release date: 1966
Duration: 93 min
Genre: Fiction
Sc.: Bohumil Hrabal, Jirí Menzel
DoP: Jaromír Sofr
Ed.: Jirina Lukesová
Score: Jirí Sust, Jirí Pavlik
Cast: Václav Neckář, Vlastimil Brodský, Jitka Bendová, Josef Somr, Libuše Havelková, Vladimír Valenta, Jitka Zelenohorská, Naďa Urbánková, Jiří Menzel

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> Czechoslovakia, 1944. The war is nearing its end. Young Miloš Hrma is hired as an intern in a small country train station. Here he apprehends professional relations but also discovers love experiences. In a particularly tense war situation, the young man must “solve” his problem with virginity and testify about the conflicts between resistants and Nazi forces. Adapted from the eponymous novel by Bohumil Hrabal, this tragicomedy transforms a rural train station in a laboratory for human behavior analysis, emerging desires and struggles for the independence of the country. Considered one of the masterpieces of the Czechoslovak New Wave, the film won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1966.

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