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Closely Observed Trains (1966)

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Closely Observed Trains

Jiří Menzel | Czechoslovakia | 1966 | M


Wed 25 Sep 2024

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Co-scripted and based on a novel by Bohumil Hrabal, Menzel’s much loved first feature is an elliptically funny, but marvellously perceptive observation of the quirks of humanity. A bittersweet coming-of-age tale of a train dispatcher (Václav Neckář) employed at a seemingly sleepy station, unfolds against the backdrop of Nazi occupation and features subtle symbolism and outstanding characterisations. It won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1968 and was banned in its home country after the Soviet invasion later the same year. Presented in partnership with the Czech and Slovak Film Festival of Australia.

Format: DCP
Language: Czech with English subtitles
Source: National Film Archive in Prague
Courtesy: National Film Archive in Prague
Runtime: 92 mins

Event duration

92 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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