Closely Observed Trains (Members’ Choice & Guest Speaker)

March 10

Oscar-winning comedy-drama from Czech New Wave director and actor Jiří 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 

Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film plus BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations.


Václav Neckár, Josef Somr, Vlastimil Brodský

Film Information

Title Closely Observed Trains (Members’ Choice & Guest Speaker)
Directed by Jiří Menzel
Country Czechoslovakia
Classification 15
Running Time 92 mins
Release Year 1966
Subtitles Yes
Colour No (B&W)
Film Notes Download