Closely Watched Trains

Famous Firsts V4 Film Series

November 7, 2017 , 7:00 PM

[1st Floor]

At a village railway station in Czechoslovakia occupied by the Germans during WWII, a bumbling dispatcher’s apprentice longs to liberate himself from his virginity. Oblivious to the war and the resistance that surrounds him, this young man embarks on a journey of sexual awakening and self-discovery, encountering a universe of frustration, eroticism, and adventure within his sleepy backwater depot. Wry and tender, Academy Award™-winning Closely Watched Trains is a masterpiece of human observation and one of the best-loved films of the Czech New Wave.

Closely Watched Trains (1966), director Jiri Menzel, run time: 93 min, origin: Czechoslovakia.

Famous Firsts V4 Film Series presents debut feature films of legendary directors from the four Visegrad countries (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary). Experience the passionate radical beginnings of four important cinematic voices.

Free and open to the public. Seats are limited; on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information and to reserve your seat, please visit

Organized by: Czech Center NY