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Title Ostre sledovane vlaky [videorecording] = Closely observed trains.

Published [Australia] : Umbrella, 2007


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 videodisc (88 min.) : sd., b&w ; 1/2 in.
Notes Alternative title: Closely watched trains.
Aspect ratio 4:3.
Dolby stereo.
Special features: notes by U.S. author, Richard Schickel.
Credits Director, Jiri Menzel ; script, Bohumil Hrabal, Jiri Menzel ; producer, Zdenek Oves ; photography, Jaromir Sofr ; music, Jiri Sust ; art director, Oldrich Bosak ; editor, Jirina Lukesova
Performers Vaclav Neckar, Josef Somr.
Summary The sexual problems of an apprentice guard at a sleepy rural railway station during World War II are balanced by the exploits of the station guard resolved to do as little work as possible. The authority figure, the station master, is eccentrically ineffectual. Although the Resistance ultimately beckons, this tragic-comic tale with its distinctively wry humour, adapted by the author from his stream-of-consciousness novel, was the culmination of an anti-heroic trend in the 'New Czech cinema' of the sixties. Menzel's film has a clear political sub-text - the placing of the private concerns of the hero ahead of ideology or politics (a colleague has spoken of Menzel's identification with his hero) was itself a political gesture winning the film an Oscar and prohibition after the Soviet invasion in 1968.
Audience 15 years and over.
Original Version Originally released as a motion picture 1966
System notes DVD ; PAL ; Region 0
Language notes In Czech with optional English subtitles.
Other author Hrabal, Bohumil, 1914-1997. Writer of accompanying material.
Menzel, Jiri. Director.
Neckar, Vaclav, 1943- Actor.
Oves, Zdenek. Producer.
Sofr, Jaromir. Photographer.
Sust, Jiri. Arranger.
Bosak, Oldrich.
Lukesova, Jirina. Film editor.
Somr, Josef. Actor.
Filmove studio Barrandov.
Subject Feature films -- Czechoslovakia.
Films for the hearing impaired.
Railroad conductors -- Drama.
Comedy films -- Czechoslovakia.
Variant Title Closely observed trains [videorecording]
Closely watched trains [videorecording]