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Closely Watched Trains
     

Closely Watched Trains

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Director: Jirí Menzel

Cast: Vaclav Neckar, Jitka Bendova, Vladimir Valenta

 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Ostre sledované vlaky is a rarity -- a internationally acknowledged masterpiece made in a Communist-dominated country at the height of the Cold War. Set in Czechoslovakia during the Nazi occupation, the film nonetheless has a light-hearted tone seldom found in films set in so grim a time. The protagonist, a young railway worker named Milos (Vaclav Neckar), goes through many normal coming-of-age events and a few abnormal ones: volunteering for suicide missions could easily put a halt to further maturity. The film was more popular with international critics than with Czech government officials, who were openly disdainful of the acclaim that it received. Honors collected by Ostre sledované vlaky included a Best Foreign Language Oscar, where it won over another Communist-made film, Skupljaci Perjathe, a Romany-language motion picture produced by Yugoslavia.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2001
UPC:
0037429161524
Original Release:
1966
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
12,739

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vaclav Neckar Milos, a railroad worker
Jitka Bendova Conductor Masa
Vladimir Valenta Station Master Max
Libuse Havelkova Max's wife
Josef Somr Hubicka, a dispatcher
Alois Vachek Novak
Jitka Zelenohorska Zdenka
Vlastimil Brodsky Counselor Zednicek
Ferdinand Kruta Max's uncle Noneman
Nada Urbankova Victoria Freie
Kveta Fialova Countess
Marie Jezkova Actor
Jirí Menzel Dr. Brabec

Technical Credits
Jirí Menzel Director,Screenwriter
Oldrich Bosak Art Director
Ruzena Bulickova Costumes/Costume Designer
Jiri Cvrcek Set Decoration/Design
Olga Dimitrov Costumes/Costume Designer
M.A. Gebert Editor
Bohumil Hrabal Screenwriter
Jirina Lukesova Editor
Zdenek Oves Producer
Jaromir Sofr Cinematographer
Jiri Sust Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapters
1. "My Name is Milos Hrma" [6:51]
2. The station [5:21]
3. The countess and the cattle [4:11]
4. Tactical withdrawals [4:12]
5. The dispatcher's cousin [4:46]
6. Armaggedon [5:20]
7. The sofa [3:07]
8. Merciful bitches [4:56]
9. Seduction [6:05]
10. Suicide [5:32]
11. Spanking [4:58]
12. Outrage! [4:17]
13. A disappointment to the Reich [2:26]
14. Searching [4:45]
15. Riding with the SS [3:16]
16. "I an a man" [6:04]
17. Viktoria Freie [6:19]
18. The disciplinary commission [5:09]
19. Resistance [5:21]
20. Color bars [:22]

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Closely Watched Trains 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the humor serves as a foil to the shocking ending... bringing you back into the world of politics after a foray into Milos' quest to lose his virginity. the sacrificial symbolism is notable, in this regard.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't let the morose packaging fool you--CWT is in fact a very funny movie about a confused young man trying to earn his manhood. That's not to suggest that Menzel's film works only as a comic coming-of-age story; it also explores the notion of masculinity and how it is defined through sex, duty, and violence. Though ultimately the story takes a less than comic ending, you'll laugh throught the film, finding yourself also feeling a warm affection for Milos (the protagonist) and his foibles.