Closely Watched Trains

March 10, 2020 Members’ Choice 8:30pm
There will be a Q&A with the writer Peter N Bergson

Oscar-winning comedy-drama from Czech New Wave director and actor Jirí Menzel (Larks on a String, I served the King of England). Set in German-occupied Czechoslovakia during WWII, a shy clerk at a village train station fails in his first attempt at making-love, leaving him feeling inadequate and despondent, but eventually succeeds beyond his or anyone’s expectations. 

It’s great that Phillip Bergson, BBC broadcaster and member of the UK Critics’ Circle is able to join us for Q&A. Phillip’s also visiting lecturer at the Prague Film School and expert on Czech film.

Menzel’s love of small detail and his tenderness towards his characters leaves in almost everything your average Hollywood editor would cut … quietly uproarious.’ Derek Malcolm, Guardian 

Also known as: Closely Observed Trains.

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Film Information
Release year: 1966
Running time:   92 mins
Directed by: Jiří Menzel
Language: Czech (English subtitles)
Country: Czech Rep.
Genre: Drama
Starring: Václav Neckár,
Josef Somr,
Vlastimil Brodský
Awards: Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film plus BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations
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Rotten Tomatoes
WFC Audience Score:  73%

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