Closely Watched Trains [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1966]

  • SKU: 7143076
  • Release Date: 09/18/2001
  • Rating: NR
Jiri Menzel's Oscar-winning drama Closely Watched Trains comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The Czech soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the original U.S. theatrical trailer. Although there are few extras, the high quality of the picture and the sound are everything consumers have come to expect from Criterion. Anyone with an interest in world cinema should certainly check out this fantastic release.
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Closely Watched Trains
Czech director Jiri Menzel's Closely Watched Trains (Ostre sledovane vlaky) was the recipient of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1967. In the story, based on Bohumil Hrabal's novel of the same name, Vaclav Neckar plays a Czech railroad worker during the Nazi occupation. He undergoes several philosophical changes as he becomes attracted to the Czech underground. Determining at last that his own existence hardly matters in the scheme of things, Neckar volunteers for a suicide mission. Ordered by the Czech Communist government to return his Oscar, Menzel refused, opting instead to make a "repentance" film which sang the praises of collectivism. This second film has long since been forgotten, while Closely Watched Trains remains on record as one of the biggest financial successes of the Eastern European Cinema. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Vaclav Neckar - Milos, a railroad worker
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    Vladimir Valenta - Station Master Max
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    Libuse Havelkova - Max's wife
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    Josef Somr - Hubicka, a dispatcher
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    Alois Vachek - Novak

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    I saw the film before I read the book, they are both up there on my list of all time favorite films. This is one of those films that just works within its simplicity and stays with you forever.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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