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Czech director [[Performer~P102538~Jiri Menzel~jirímenzel]]'s Closely Watched Trains (Ostre sledovane vlaky) was the recipient of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1967. In the story, based on Bohumil Hrabal's novel of the same name, [[Performer~P52046~Vaclav Neckar~vaclavneckar]] 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 the scheme of things, [[Performer~P52046~Neckar~vaclavneckar]] volunteers for a suicide mission. Ordered by the Czech Communist government to return his Oscar, [[Performer~P102538~Menzel~jirímenzel]] refused, opting instead to make a "repentance" film which sang the praises of collectivism. This second film has long since been forgotten, while Closely Watched Trains remains on record as one of the biggest financial successes of the Eastern European Cinema. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:November 18, 1966

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jirí Menzel Best Foreign Language Film 1967 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Jirí Menzel Best Picture 1968 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Jirí Menzel Best Director 1968 Nominee

Cast

Vaclav Neckar
as Milos, a railroad worker
Jitka Bendova
as Conductor Masa
Vladimir Valenta
as Station Master Max
Libuse Havelkova
as Max's wife
Josef Somr
as Hubicka, a dispatcher
Alois Vachek
as Novak
Jitka Zelenohorska
as Zdenka
Vlastimil Brodský
as Counselor Zednicek
Jirí Menzel
as Dr. Brabec
Kveta Fialova
as Countess
Marie Jezkova
Nada Urbankova
as Victoria Freie
Ferdinand Kruta
as Max's uncle Noneman

Crew

Jirí Menzel
Director
Zdenek Oves
Producer
Bohumil Hrabal
Book Author
Bohumil Hrabal
Screenwriter
Jirí Menzel
Screenwriter
Jaromir Sofr
Cinematographer
Jiri Sust
Composer (Music Score)
Jirina Lukesova
Editor
Oldrich Bosak
Art Director
Jiri Cvrcek
Set Designer
Ruzena Bulickova
Costume Designer
Olga Dimitrov
Costume Designer
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