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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.

Director:

Jirí Menzel

Writers:

Bohumil Hrabal (novel), Bohumil Hrabal (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Václav Neckár ... Milos Hrma
Jitka Scoffin Jitka Scoffin ... Mása (as Jitka Bendová)
Vladimír Valenta Vladimír Valenta ... Prednosta stanice
Libuse Havelková ... Prednostová
Josef Somr ... výpravcí Hubicka
Alois Vachek Alois Vachek ... stanicní pomocník Novák
Jitka Zelenohorská Jitka Zelenohorská ... Zdenicka Svatá
Vlastimil Brodský ... rada Zednícek
Ferdinand Kruta ... fotograf Noneman, Másin strýc
Kveta Fialová ... Hrabenka
Nada Urbánková ... Victoria Freie
Václav Fiser Václav Fiser ... Plasterer (as V. Fiser)
Miloslav Homola Miloslav Homola ... Tailor (as M. Homola)
Karel Hovorka Karel Hovorka ... Hradlar (as K. Hovorka)
Vladimír Hrabánek ... (as V. Hrabánek)
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Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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 »

Genres:

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Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech | German

Release Date:

18 November 1966 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

Also Known As:

Closely Watched Trains See more »

Filming Locations:

Lodenice, Czech Republic See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

[first lines]
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 hermanbSee 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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