Closely Observed Trains

Jiří Menzel

Vlastimil Brodský, Jitka Zelenohorská, Jitka Bendová, Vladimír Valenta Rated 15 Run time 92 mins



Winner at the Academy Awards 1968 for Best Foreign Film.

In a small town still occupied by the Germans as World War II’s tide is turning toward the Allies, apprentice train-watcher Milos is oblivious to the war. Instead, he is obsessed with having his first sexual experience. Despite the favors of train conductor Masa, Milos has no luck. His quest leads him to a female Resistance fighter who, in passing, recruits him to the cause. As Milos finally finds love, danger draws closer.

100% – Rotten Tomatoes

7.8 – IMDB

“Few European films are so affectionately remembered as Closely Observed Trains, one of the pinnacles of the Czech New Wave of the 60s,”…Read the full article HERE.

“Jiří Menzel’s 1966 masterwork of the Czechoslovakian New Wave captures the country’s unique cultural identity via a subversive wartime story based on a novel by Bohumil Hrabal.”