USA Today - 01/17/1992
"...This is one of those magic instances where tragedy and wistful comedy mesh in a remarkably seamless whole..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars
Los Angeles Times - 03/22/1991
"...An understated tragicomedy....The characters are drawn with naturalistic humor....Menzel sets in motion an act of subversion that is matter-of-fact in its drama..."
Total Film - 04/01/2004
"[T]his Oscar-winning black comedy is a real treat....Funny and subversive."
A reflective, unprepossessing drama about the coming of age of an unambitious young man working as a train dispatcher during the Second World War. Very typical of the Czech New Wave's interest in innocents tragically caught in the crossfire of history. Academy Awards: Best Foreign Language Film.
The 1966 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Film, "Closely Watched Trains" is a charming look at the life a young train conductor during the German occupation of Czechoslovakia. He is ineptly led into an erotic encounter with a beautiful girl and fails to perform. But this unlikely hero takes a stand when his village is threatened by the occupying German Army.
Coming Of Age |
Theatrical Release |
World War II
Has easy-view enhanced subtitles.
Presented by Carlo Ponti.
The films title comes from designation given the German munitions trains that traveled through Czechoslovakia during WWII.