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Closely Watched Trains (1966)

Ostre sledované vlaky (original title)
An apprentice train dispatcher at a village station seeks his first sexual encounter and becomes despondent when he is unable to perform.

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Milos Hrma
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Hubicka
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Zednicek
Vladimír Valenta ...
Max
Alois Vachek ...
Novak
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Uncle Noneman
Jitka Scoffin ...
Masa (as Jitka Bendová)
Jitka Zelenohorská ...
Zdenka
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Victoria Freie
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Max's wife
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The countess
Pavla Marsálková ...
Mother
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Zdenka's mother
Zuzana Minichova
Václav Fiser ...
Plasterer (as V. Fiser)
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A young man follows his father's footsteps and joins the railway company, where he learns the job and has his first affair. Set in the country, during the German occupation. Written by Michael Crew <m.crew@bbcnc.org.uk>

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People kept telling young, lazy inexperienced Miles "Work makes you grow up. War Makes you grow up. Sex makes you grow up." So young, lazy, inexperienced Miles went to work, went to war, went, etc...etc See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | War

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18 November 1966 (Czechoslovakia)  »

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Iva Janzurová turned down the part of Zdenicka Svatá, eventually played by Jitka Zelenohorská. See more »

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The blanket covering the stamped girl changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

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Milos Hrma: My name is Milos Hrma. People often laughed at my name. But ours was a famous family. Great Grandfather Lukas was a drummer and fought on the Charles Bridge in Prague. The students threw cobblestones at the soldiers and hit Grand Grandfather so hard that he was pensioned off on one gulden a day. He didn't do anything after that except buying a bottle of rum and a pack of tobacco every day.
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A perfect movie.
1 April 2004 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

Closely Watched Trains is my favorite movie ever. It is 90 minutes of cinematic perfection: funny, sad, exquisitely shot, beautiful to look at (watch it twice, so that the second time around you can focus on Menzel's genius in composing his shots), and insightful--profound, even. Its structure will make any film student drool with envy. The acting is flawless, particularly the performance by Josef Somr as train-dispatcher Hubicka. Please resist any impulse to see it as a "political" film--it is nothing of the sort. It's just a beautiful work of art. Note: Closely Watched Trains won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 1967.


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