Ostre Sledované Vlaky (Closely Watched Trains)
Ostre Sledované Vlaky (Closely Watched Trains) (1966)

In this film, Vaclav Neckar plays a Czech railroad worker during the Nazi occupation. He undergoes several philosophical changes as he becomes attracted to the Czech underground. Determining at last that his own existence hardly matters in… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 18, 1966
DVD Release Date: September 18, 2001
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Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] 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.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A note-perfect dissection of how male sexual solipsism and the world at large intersect.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Never letting one quite forget we're in German-occupied Czechoslovakia and bad things are bound to happen.

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Michael Dequina

The absurdist fun resonates strongly in the memory.

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Emanuel Levy

Menzel's lyrical tragicomedy, which won the foreign-language Oscar, marks the end of creative freedom; it could not have been made after the Russian invasion of 1968.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Meznel's greatest work, and indeed the pinnacle of all Czech New Wave films.

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Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

An engaging, dry satire on the the pitfalls of laziness while doubling as a character study.

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Steve Crum

Fine, character driven drama directed by Menzel.

John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Filmed in minimalist style, it's far more interesting visually than most cluttered and clunky modern Hollywood fare

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhăes
A master class in direction, mise-en-scčne, cinematography and editing (there is not a single shot out of place), and it makes the best use of a smart symbolism… More
Elvira B
This film is a stylish and sensitive examination of adolescent fears and insecurities, a topic that never ever goes out of fashion. Jiri Menzel 'closely… More
Kevin M. Williams
A young man's search for identity, and getting laid, is interrupted by World War ll, dammit. Later on Menzel will remake this film ("I Served The… More
Randy Tippy
One of the key elements of a true classic it its ability to weather the ravages of time. Jiri Menzel's dark comedy, <i>Closely Watched… More
Jim Hunter
A young man's burgeoning sexuality is a refuge and a distraction from the Nazi occupation. Reading other reviews, I think there is a lot of context that… More
Byron Brubaker
Overall the story was a little uneven. It had a different sense of humor than I'm used to, but I did find it to be very funny. It's a foreign film… More