Closely Watched Trains (Criterion Collection)
Starring: Vaclav Neckar Director: Jiri Menzel

Oscar for best foreign film in 1967
Closely Watched Trains (Criterion Collection)
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 33 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: September 18, 2001
  • Originally Released: 1966
  • Label: Criterion
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • RSDL
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers: U.S. Theatrical Trailer

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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1967 - Best Foreign Language Film

Entertainment Reviews:

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."

Product Description:

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.

Plot Synopsis:

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.


Production Notes:

  • 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.

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